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North Korean soldier defects to South across border

Seoul - A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea on Saturday across their heavily fortified land border, which the two sides have begun to demilitarise as relations between the Cold War-era foes warm, the South's military said.

N. Korean soldier defects across border: South's military

Seoul - A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea across the eastern land border on Saturday, the South's military said.

N. Korea defector soldier is general's son: report

Apo - The North Korean soldier who defected to the South in a hail of bullets last year is a general's son but says most Northerners of his age have no loyalty to Kim Jong Un, according to a Japanese newspaper.

North Korea refugees find new pressures in South

Seoul - When elite North Korean soldier Joo Seung-hyeon made his way through the Demilitarized Zone, avoiding minefields and watchtowers to defect to the South, he thought he was going to a prosperous new life.The reality was more complicated than that.

N. Korean defector pleads to return at UN event

Seoul - A North Korean defector interrupted a United Nations human rights press conference in Seoul on Thursday to plead tearfully to be allowed to go back to her relatives in Pyongyang.

N. Korea replaces guards, fortifies border after defection

Seoul - North Korea has replaced dozens of guards and fortified a section of its border with South Korea following the dramatic defection of one of its soldiers last week, a report said Friday.

N. Korean defector watching 'The Transporter', 'CSI': doctor

Seoul - The North Korean soldier who dramatically defected through the demilitarised zone has been captivated by American crime dramas and action movies since he woke up in a South Korean hospital, his doctor said Wednesday.

Dramatic footage shows N. Korea defector's border dash

Seoul - Dramatic footage of a North Korean soldier's defection released Wednesday showed him racing across the border under fire from former comrades, and then being hauled to safety by South Korean troops.

N. Korean soldier defector regains consciousness: report

Seoul - A North Korean soldier who was shot by his own side and severely injured while dashing across the border into South Korea has regained consciousness, a report said Tuesday.

North Korean soldier stable, but riddled with parasites

Seoul - A North Korean soldier shot multiple times while defecting to the South is in a stable condition but riddled with parasites that could complicate his chances of survival, his doctor said Thursday.

N. Korea defector in serious condition from gunshot wounds

Seoul - A North Korean soldier shot multiple times while fleeing to the South in a rare and dramatic defection has had a second round of surgery but remains in a serious condition, his doctor said Wednesday.

N. Korea soldier shot six times as he defected to South

Seoul - A North Korean soldier involved in an extremely rare and dramatic defection to the South was shot six times by his own side as he drove to the heavily guarded border and ran across under a hail of bullets.

N. Korea soldier shot six times as he defected to South

Seoul - A North Korean soldier involved in an extremely rare and dramatic defection to the South was shot six times by his own side as he drove to the heavily guarded border and ran across under a hail of bullets.

N. Korean soldier shot while defecting to S. Korea

Seoul - A North Korean soldier was shot and injured by his own side Monday while defecting to South Korea at the border truce village of Panmunjom, the South's military said.

Defector ice hockey star torn ahead of Korean face off

Seoul - When the North and South Korean women's hockey teams clash in a rare match this week, defector-turned-star-player Hwangbo Young will cheer for the country that has labelled her a traitor.

Days of N. Korea's Kim are numbered: defector

Seoul - The North Korean regime is on an inexorable decline towards collapse, with its people increasingly disillusioned but its nuclear ambitions undimmed, a top defector said Wednesday.

N. Korea plans nuclear push in 2017: top defector

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is planning a "prime time" nuclear weapons push in 2017 to take advantage of leadership transitions in South Korea and the United States, a high-ranking defector said Tuesday.

N. Korea state media says diplomat defector 'criminal'

Seoul - North Korea's deputy ambassador to Britain, who defected to South Korea this week, is a criminal who had been ordered to return home for questioning, Pyongyang state media said Saturday.

Europe-based N. Korea slush-fund operator flees: reports

Seoul - A European-based North Korean official involved in managing a foreign currency slush fund for the country's leadership has fled his post with a sizeable sum of money, South Korean media reports said Friday.

Top London-based N. Korea diplomat defects to South

Seoul - South Korea said Wednesday that North Korea's deputy ambassador to Britain had defected to Seoul, in a rare and damaging loss of diplomatic face for Pyongyang.

A North Korean defector's life ... in webtoons

Seoul - When North Korean defector Choi Sung-Guk decided it was time to go public with his experiences, he avoided the well trodden "harrowing memoir" route in favour of a cartoon strip.

Suspected North Korean defector found in Japan

Toukyo - A man claiming to have escaped North Korea was being held under police protection after he was found wandering in a city in western Japan, local media reported on Sunday.
 

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