Dramatic video footage released by the United Nations Command on Wednesday shows a North Korean defector fleeing for freedom, being shot seven times in the process.
The former North Korean soldier, now identified as a 24-year-old with the surname Oh, is seen escaping toward the border in a jeep at around 3 p.m. local time on November 13. The defector then jumps out of the vehicle and crosses over the demilitarized zone (DMZ) while being shot at dozens of times by his former comrades. In intense fashion, Oh is finally dragged into freedom by South Korean soldiers.
Oh is now conscious and being treated for his gunshot wounds. He remains in good spirits, reportedly talking to South Korean doctors about South Korean and Western music and watching American television shows.
As reported by CNN, North Korean soldiers violated the Korean War armistice by firing across the DMZ and physically crossing the military demarcation line.
Col. Chad Carroll, U.S. Forces Korea public affairs director, "said the UN Command has notified the North Korean People's Army of the violations via regular communication channels and requested a meeting to discuss the results of the UN investigation into the incident as well as measures to prevent future such violations," notes CNN.
"The armistice agreement was challenged, but it remains in place," declared American General Vincent K. Brooks, who leads the U.N. Command.
Oh is the third member of the North Korean army to defect this year. It is estimated that some 30,000 North Koreans have fled the oppressive country since the Korean War in 1953.