South Korean troops crawled to his side, rescued him, and took him to a hospital in the nearby town of Suwon.
A CCTV footage shows a vehicle carrying a North Korean soldier during a United Nations Command (UNC) briefing on the investigation results of the soldierÕs defection, at the South Korean defence ministry in Seoul in this still image taken from a Reuters TV video, November 22, 2017.
A North Korean soldier shot by the DPRK border guards while escaping to the South, has gained consciousness, South Korean doctors say. Several North Korean soldiers could be seen firing their weapons at the defector, who appeared to be only a few feet away. He kicks up leaves, ducking below a tree branch just as the North Korean soldiers skid into view.
USA authorities have repeatedly targeted companies and individuals from the Chinese city of Dandong, which borders North Korea, in a bid to cut off Pyongyang's major export revenue from selling natural resources, such as coal.
The North Korean soldier who defected to the South last week will survive his injuries and is already well enough to discuss music and films with his doctors.
"The agency is closely following the developments because there is a possibility that North Korea could fire an array of ballistic missiles this year under the name of a satellite launch and peaceful development of space, but in fact to ratchet up its threats against the United States", the South Korean lawmakers told the media after a briefing by the spy agency. He was flown by a United States military helicopter to a hospital in Suwon, south of Seoul. Though the agreement resulted in ceasefire, the two countries are technically still at war, and South Korea has accused the North of violating the agreement numerous times over the years. This constitutes a violation of the armistice agreement that the two sides signed at the end of the Korean War in 1953.
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After passing a memorial to North Korea founder Kim Il-sung, where tourists often gather for tours of the Joint Security Area (JSA) inside the demilitarised zone, the vehicle runs into a ditch.
Soldiers on the South side did not return fire.
It said the United States action shows North Korea should continue to "firmly grab the treasured nuclear sword" to protect itself from American hostility.
"The key findings of the special investigation team are that the KPA violated the armistice agreement by one, firing weapons across the MDL, and two, by actually crossing the MDL temporarily", Chad Carroll, Director of Public Affairs for the UNC, told reporters.
"Patient requires intensive care, detailed tests and observation as there is a chance his condition may worsen due to infections of his bullet wounds", the hospital said in a statement.
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