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North Korean Officer, Civilian Reportedly Defect to South | Military.com

North Korean Officer, Civilian Reportedly Defect to South | Military.com

Two North Koreans — a military officer and a civilian — reportedly defected to South Korea early Saturday. According to South Korea’s Yonhap Nedws Agency, South Korean military personnel spotted the defectors on a boat in the Yellow Sea, between China’s mainland and the Korean Peninsula. The defectors showed an apparent willingness to flee the North, Reuters reported, citing an unnamed source. It was the first defection involving a military officer since 2008 and the 14th involving a soldier since 2000, DW News reported. The defection also came during a time of delicate diplomacy between the two Koreas. In late April, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met for a historic summit to discuss the North’s denuclearization and a formal peace treaty. But North Korea “indefinitely” called off future talks with the South and threatened to cance…

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Source: North Korean Officer, Civilian Reportedly Defect to South | Military.com

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