North Korean Teen Soldier Defects to South Korea Across DMZ

June 15, 2015 5:52 AM

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SEOUL - A teenaged North Korean soldier walked across the world's most heavily militarized border on Monday in a bid to defect to South Korea, South Korean Defense Ministry officials said.

While there are more than a thousand defections from North Korea to South Korea every year, most defectors come via China and it is rare for a North Korean to cross the heavily mined Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The last such crossing was in 2012.

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