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(LEAD) N. Korean soldier flees to S. Korea via land border: military

All Headlines 09:55 December 21, 2017

(ATTN: UPDATES throughout with details)

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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