. South Korean crosses demilitarised zone in rare defection to North « JO LEE MAGAZINE

THE GUARDIAN/A South Korean has crossed the heavily fortified border in a rare defection to North Korea, South Korea’s military has said.

Years of repression and poverty in North Korea have led more than 30,000 people to flee to the South in the decades since Korean war hostilities ended with an armistice, but crossings in the other direction are extremely rare.

The military joint chiefs of staff (JCS) said it carried out a search operation after detecting the person on the eastern side of the demilitarised zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas on Saturday evening.

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