South Korea: South Korea warns North not to repeat armistice violation
PANMUNJOM: North Korea violated an armistice settlement with South Korea this month when North Korean troopers shot and wounded a North Korean soldier as he defected throughout their border and it should not accomplish that once more, South Korea’s protection minister mentioned on Monday.
The defector, a North Korean soldier recognized solely by his surname, Oh, was critically wounded however has been recovering in hospital in South Korea.
The incident comes at a time of heightened pressure between North Korea and the worldwide neighborhood over its nuclear weapons program, however the North has not publicly responded to the defection on the delicate border.
South Korean Minister of Defence Track Younger-moo issued his warning to the North whereas on a go to to the border the place he recommended South Korean troopers at a Joint Safety Space (JSA), within the so-called Truce Village of Panmunjom, within the demilitarized zone, for rescuing the defector.
A North Korean border guard briefly crossed the border with the South within the chase for the defector on Nov. 13 – a video launched by the UN Command (UNC) in Seoul confirmed – a violation of the ceasefire accord between North and South on the finish of the 1950-53 Korean Warfare.
“Capturing in the direction of the South at a defecting individual, that is a violation of the armistice settlement,” Track mentioned.
“Crossing the army demarcation line, a violation. Carrying computerized rifles (within the JSA), one other violation,” he added as he stood close to the place South Korean troopers had discovered Oh, collapsed and bleeding from his wounds.
“North Korea ought to be knowledgeable this type of factor ought to by no means happen once more.”
For the reason that defection, North Korea has reportedly changed guards stationed there. Troopers have fortified a piece of the realm seen geared toward blocking any extra defections by digging a trench and planting timber.
As Track was talking 10 meters away from the timber North Korean troopers planted, 4 North Korean troopers had been noticed listening carefully.
South Korean army officers identified two bullet holes in a steel wall on a South Korean constructing, from North Korean pictures fired at Oh as he ran.
Oh has undergone a number of operations in hospital to take away bullets. His lead surgeon, Lee Prepare dinner-jong, advised Reuters his affected person has suffers from nightmares about being returned to the North.
In South Korea, six troopers, three South Korean and three American, got awards by the U.S. Forces Korea final week in recognition for his or her efforts in rescuing the defector.
After inspecting the location on Monday, Track met troops stationed there for lunch and praised them for performing ‘promptly and appropriately’.
South Korea has been broadcasting information of the soldier’s defection in the direction of North Korea by way of loudspeakers, in accordance with the South’s Yonhap information company.
South Korean army officers have declined to substantiate that.