South Korea broadcasts updates on injured defector's condition via DMZ loudspeakers

Tuesday, 28 Nov, 2017

South Korean military officials will question Oh as soon as he has recovered from his injuries.

The JSA is jointly overseen by the USA -led U.N. Command and by North Korea, with South Korean and North Korean border guards facing each other only a feet apart. The South briefly resumed the broadcasts in August 2015 after an 11-year break, after Seoul blamed Pyongyang for land mine explosions that maimed two South Korean soldiers.

Medical teams have worked for days to remove the shards of at least four bullets from Oh's body, stitch up his shredded organs, and treat pre-existing conditions including tuberculosis, hepatitis B, and a case of massive intestinal worms.

South Korea's top nuclear negotiator will visit the United States this week. The gun shots by North Korean soldiers left holes on a wall at the Joint Security Area.

The solider, identified exclusively by his surname, Oh, made the defection by driving a military jeep toward the demilitarized zone before running across the border on foot after the vehicle became stuck off the road.

"Such is the cruelty of North Korea's regime", he said, "and such is the responsibility of those foreign governments that enable it".

South Korea broadcasts updates on injured defector's condition via DMZ loudspeakers

Song Young-moo also said North Korean soldiers' possession of automatic rifles in the area was an armistice violation.

The agreement that halted the 1950-1953 Korean War stipulates that any person - military or civilian - is prohibited from crossing the Military Demarcation Line unless specifically authorized to do so by the Military Armistice Commission. South Korea's Defense Ministry and the USA -led United Nations Command said they couldn't confirm it.

"This defector's plight is a window onto North Korean life", Brian Hook, director of policy planning and senior policy adviser at the State Department wrote.

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on November 4, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visiting the March 16 factory at an undisclosed place.

He said a "vast majority" of North Koreans are subject to worse treatment.

According to the report, the planes are to fly to the Korean Peninsula from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan and are expected to stay at an unnamed airbase throughout the duration of the exercise.