South Korea cautions North not to repeat armistice infraction
By Reuters News|Upgraded: November 27, 2017
PANMUNJOM, South Korea (Reuters) – North Korea broke an armistice arrangement with South Korea this month when North Korean soldiers shot and wounded a North Korean soldier as he defected across their border and it must refrain from doing so again, South Korea’s defense minister said on Monday.
The defector, a North Korean soldier determined just by his surname, Oh, was seriously injured however has been recuperating in health center in South Korea.
The incident comes at a time of increased stress in between North Korea and the international neighborhood over its nuclear weapons program, however the North has not openly reacted to the defection at the sensitive border.
South Korean Minister of Defence Song Young-moo released his alerting to the North while on a see to the border where he applauded South Korean soldiers at a Joint Security Area (JSA), in the so-called Truce Village of Panmunjom, in the demilitarized zone, for rescuing the defector.
A North Korean border guard briefly crossed the border with the South in the chase for the defector on Nov. 13 – a video launched by the U.N. Command (UNC) in Seoul revealed – an infraction of the ceasefire accord in between North and South at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.
” Shooting to the South at a defecting individual, that’s an offense of the armistice agreement,” Song stated.
” Crossing the military separation line, a violation. Carrying automated rifles (in the JSA), another offense,” he added as he stood near where South Korean soldiers had actually discovered Oh, collapsed and bleeding from his wounds.
” North Korea must be informed this sort of thing need to never take place once again.”
Considering that the defection, North Korea has apparently replaced guards stationed there. Soldiers have actually fortified an area of the location seen aimed at blocking anymore defections by digging a trench and planting trees.
As Song was speaking 10 meters away from the trees North Korean soldiers planted, four North Korean soldiers were spotted listening carefully.
South Korean military authorities mentioned two bullet holes in a metal wall on a South Korean building, from North Korean shots fired at Oh as he ran.
Oh has actually undergone a number of operations in healthcare facility to get rid of bullets. His lead cosmetic surgeon, Lee Cook-jong, told Reuters his client has struggles with problems about being gone back to the North.
In South Korea, six soldiers, three South Korean and 3 American, were offered awards by the U.S. Forces Korea recently in recognition for their efforts in saving the defector.
After inspecting the site on Monday, Song met soldiers stationed there for lunch and praised them for acting ‘immediately and properly’.
South Korea has actually been transmitting news of the soldier’s defection to North Korea through speakers, inning accordance with the South’s Yonhap news agency.
South Korean military authorities have actually decreased to verify that.