Warning shots as soldier crosses border to S. Korea
SEE ALSO :Trump says he and Kim Jong Un 'in love'Yonhap news agency reported that the sound of gunshots coming from the North was heard 40 minutes later, although no bullets were found to have crossed the border. Very few North Korean defectors risk crossing to the South via the DMZ. One of the world's most heavily guarded strips of land, the DMZ is a thin buffer zone between the two Koreas and is fortified on both sides with barbed wire, surveillance cameras, electric fencing and landmines. Last month's defection saw a soldier drive a jeep right up to the border, in a dramatic escape captured on surveillance cameras. He ran across to the South in a hail of bullets from North Korean guards.
SEE ALSO :South Korea jails ex-President LeeShot five times, the soldier collapsed in a pile of leaves on the South's side, and was later rescued by South Korean soldiers. His recovery was closely tracked by South Korean media. He was released from intensive care and is reported to have written a thank you note to the doctors who treated him. Two other North Korean soldiers defected, also via the DMZ, in June this year in separate incidents. Only one soldier defected last year. The total number of North Koreans who directly defected to the South has also risen to 15 this year, compared to five last year, according to official figures reported by Yonhap news agency. Hundreds more defect through China, before making their way to the South.
SEE ALSO :Samsung forecasts record profitsIn a separate announcement on Thursday, South Korea's unification ministry said two defecting North Koreans had been found on a fishing boat in the South's waters.