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14 November 2017, 05:18 | Erica Roy
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More than 30,000 North Korean civilians have also fled their homeland since the two nations came into being in 1948, but it is rare for civilians to cross the closely guarded border.
The Joint Security Area in Panmunjom is the only place in 155-mile-long and 2 ½ mile-wide Korean Demilitarized Zone where military-level meetings are held between the UN Command and North Korea. However, that motive was subsequently ruled out after it was determined he had no "Communist connections".
"But our military is keeping a full readiness posture against the possibility of North Korea's provocations".
He is now under questioning by the South's police, army and spy agency. The U.S. Embassy in Seoul could not be reached for comment.
It's rare for a North Korean soldier to defect via Panmunjom and be shot by fellow North Korean soldiers.
The soldier, thought to be low ranking, was shot in the shoulder and elbow and was picked up bleeding on the South side of a portion of the border known as the Joint Security Area (JSA). It wasn't immediately known how serious the soldier's injuries were or why he chose to defect.
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North Korea and South Korea have been in a technical war since the conflict of 1950-53 ended with an armistice. More than a million mines are buried inside the zone.
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