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SEOUL, Dec. 21 (Yonhap) -- A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea through the land border Thursday, the South's military said.
The "low-ranking" soldier appeared in front of a guard post on the mid-western front at around 8:04 a.m. amid thick fog, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).
There was no gunfire involving the latest defection of a North Korean soldier, the fourth this year alone, and no unusual movement of the North's border troops has been detected either, a JCS official told reporters.
Related authorities are looking into the defector's intentions, he added.
Last month, a North Korean soldier made a successful dash to the South via the truce village of Panmunjom after suffering multiple gunshot wounds fired by the communist nation's border guards.
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