A soldier from North Korea has defected to South Korea through the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) separating the two Koreas, making it the third such defection in just two weeks.
The soldier reached a Southern guard post, located in the middle sector of the MDL at around 9:30 pm on Friday local time, according to a statement by the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The desertion took place without incidents or exchange of gunfire between the military on both sides.
The soldier expressed his desire to defect when he reached the guard post and was questioned by the South Korean Army officers before being presented to the Ministry of Unification authorities, in charge of managing defections.
It is the second North Korean soldier who walked across the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) – a stretch of four kilometres full of landmines that divides both countries around the 38th parallel – in the last two weeks …