In a video circulating on the internet, North Korean soldiers are seen in pursuit of a defector crossing the border of a demilitarized zone and thus violating a decades-old treaty. The situation, confirmed by United Nations Command, has caused international anxieties about the tenuousness of the agreement.
According to The New York Times, North Korean soldiers fired at and severely injured a defector who was attempting to flee the country to South Korea through the 2.5 mile-wide DMZ. In doing so (and in their retreat), the soldiers violated the 1953 truce that ended the Korean War. The American-led United Nations Command will now hold discussions on how to prevent further violations in the future.
The defector was helicoptered to a South Korean hospital where he was treated for five gunshot wounds. Doctors also found his stomach to be infested with parasitic worms. Although his physical condition is currently in a
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North Korean diplomats are accusing United States officials of forcibly taking an unspecified diplomatic package they were bringing back to their country, according to Bloomberg. The group was returning from a United Nations conference.
More than 20 police officers “made a violent assault like gangsters to take away the diplomatic package from the DPRK diplomats who were in possession of a valid diplomatic courier certificate,” reports the Korean Central News Agency. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK regards this mugging by the U.S. as an intolerable act of infringement upon the sovereignty of the DPRK and a malicious provocation, and strongly condemns it.”
“The package in question had no diplomatic protection from inspection,” said U.S. Department of Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan, according to The Washington Post.
“The reported aggression was initiated by the North Koreans,” Lapan added “The individuals were released without further incident but subsequently refused to board their departing flight without the
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