The North Korean soldier was spotted Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Imjin River after crossing a central section of the Military Demarcation Line that divides North and South Korea. (AARON KIDD/STARS AND STRIPES)
The North Korean soldier was spotted Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Imjin River after crossing a central section of the Military Demarcation Line that divides North and South Korea. (AARON KIDD/STARS AND STRIPES)

North Korean soldier defects to South in midnight DMZ river crossing, military says

by Kim Gamel and Yoo Kyong Chang
Stars and Stripes

SEOUL, South Korea — A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea in a midnight river crossing in the border area known as the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea’s military said Thursday.

The defection comes at a sensitive time. Efforts by Seoul to improve relations between the two Koreas have been stymied amid stalled U.S.-North Korean nuclear talks.

The soldier was spotted via a thermal observation device in the Imjin River at about 11:38 p.m. Wednesday after crossing a central section of the Military Demarcation Line that divides the peninsula, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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