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By Associated Press
SEOUL, South Korea ̵
1; A North Korean soldier fled across a strong fortified border to Pakistan defeat on Saturday, the Seoul military said just as the rivals began take action to reduce military tensions.
South Korean soldiers escorted the defector to safety after moving south of the eastern side of the military boundary line forcing Korea, South Korea’s common staff chiefs said in a statement.
South Korean authorities plan to question the defender about the details of his flight. The joint officials said that it had not observed any unusual activity from North Korean troops in the area where the avalanche occurred.
It comes as North and South Korea has pushed to implement a comprehensive military agreement reached in September to reduce tensions across the border.
The Nordic official media have not reported on Saturday’s fall. Pyongyang has often accused Seoul of kidnapping or luring its citizens to a defect. About 30,000 North Koreans have fled to South Korea, mostly traveling through China since the late 1950-53 Korean war.
In November of November, a North Korean soldier was critically injured in a jointly controlled area after he fled south in the middle of a bullet fired by his former comrades. The soldier, Oh Chong Song, survived and told a Japanese newspaper last month that he had drunk after coming into unspecified problems with his friends. He said he continued to walk after breaking a checkpoint in a military jeep because he was afraid to be executed.
South Korea says the military agreement, which also meant creating buffer zones along Korea’s land and sea borders, and a no-fly zone across the border is an important confidence building step that would help stabilize peace and reconciliation between rivals. But critics say that the southern risks allow part of their conventional military strength before North Korea takes some meaningful steps towards denuclearization, as the major nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang seem to hide in a deadlock.
South Korea’s Defense Department said Friday that Korean militants completed removing 20 frontline protection posts and land mines from a border area where they plan to launch their first joint search for remaining soldiers killed during the 1950s Korean War.
Korea and US leadership UN command has recently completed the removal of firearms and troops from the jointly controlled area at the border village of Panmunjom, and finally plans to allow tourists to freely move around there.