N Korea soldier defects across DMZ to South

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SEOUL: A North Korean soldier crossed the border with South Korea Monday in a rare defection through one of the world’s most fortified frontiers, military officials said. The soldier, who is in his late teens, surrendered himself to South Korean border guards around 8:00 am (2300 GMT) after walking across the frontier in Hwacheon northeast of Seoul, the South’s defense ministry said. “We’ve confirmed his will to defect after he reached our guard post,” a ministry spokesman told AFP. He was under investigation by the authorities, and the ministry promised to disclose details later.

AFP

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