The U.S.-led United Nations Command released video footage Tuesday showing of a dramatic escape a North Korean soldier who defected to South Korea earlier this month.
The seven-minute video shows North Korean soldiers firing at the fleeing soldier as he attempts to cross the Demilitarized Zone. That soldier was reportedly shot five times and the video later shows thermal footage of South Korean soldiers pulling him to safety.
The U.N. Command concluded their investigation of the incident Monday, which found that the Korean People’s Army violated the armistice by firing weapons across the military demarcation line and when a North Korean soldier, who was not the defector, temporarily crossed the military demarcation line, according to a statement from the U.S. Forces Korea.
The video has been posted online to YouTube by Reuters correspondent James Pearson.
The defector has undergone several surgeries to remove the bullets and is still hospitalized.
The soldier was headed for the border of South Korea in an automobile when a wheel from his vehicle came loose, causing him to flee from North Korean soldiers’ fire on foot on Nov. 13. Approximately 40 rounds were shot at him, Suh Uk, a South Korean military official, told Reuters.
The soldier found cover in the Joint Security Area inside the Demilitarized Zone that separates North Korea and South Korea behind a South Korean structure. South Korean and U.S. soldiers at the border later saved him, according to the U.N. Command.
The North Korean military was informed that the soldier was undergoing surgery and later was told about his ongoing treatment.
A North Korean soldier has not defected across the Joint Security Area since 2007 and South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo said this incident marked the first time North Korean soldiers opened fire toward South Korea’s side of the Joint Security Area.
No South Korean or U.S. soldiers were wounded.