- Following a North Korean soldier’s defection last week, the country has reportedly replaced all its border-security guards.
- North Koreans were also spotted planted trees and digging a trench where the defector made his escape to South Korea, a top US diplomat said.
“Signs were detected that North Korea has replaced all border-security officials following the defection,” the intelligence source said in the report. “Given this situation, commanders of the responsible military unit and senior officers might have undergone punishment.”
The intelligence source said it appeared that North Korea had temporarily closed the bridge the defector used to make his escape.
North Korean forces were also seen planting two trees and digging a trench at the path the defector used, according to a top US diplomat in South Korea.
On November 13, the defecting soldier – identified by his family name, Oh, and believed to be 24 – started driving quickly toward the Military Demarcation Line, the line dividing North and South Korea. The vehicle’s wheel reportedly came loose, and the defector ran on foot after running into an obstruction.
Footage from cameras shows several frantic North Korean soldiers firing their weapons at the defector, who was shot at least five times and eventually rescued by South Korean forces. South Korean doctors have said he is in stable condition and recovering steadily.