South Korea fires shots after another North Korea soldier defects

(Worthy News) – Shots were fired after a North Korean defector fled to the South on Thursday across the DMZ, the land border that divides the peninsula, South Korean military officials said.

The “low-ranking” soldier appeared at a checkpoint in a heavy fog, and walked across the military demarcation line a little bit after 8 a.m., according to an official from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Yonhap News Agency reported.

After the defection, North Korean soldiers approached the border, apparently in search of the defector. In response, South Korean soldiers fired some 20 warning shots at around 9:30 a.m., the JCS official told reporters. More gunfire was heard around 40 minutes later, the official said, but no bullets were found to have crossed the border.

The crossing took place in the northeastern province of Gangwon, according to South Korean broadcaster KBS. Gangwon is where Pyeongchang, the city hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics in February, is located. [ Source: USA Today (Read More…) ]