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Second NoKor soldier defects to South Korea

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Seoul – A North Korean soldier defected to the South after crossing the heavily fortified border, a defense ministry spokesman said Saturday, the second soldier to defect this month.

“A North Korean soldier defected to one of our Guard Posts at around 9:30 p.m. on Friday at the middle section of the border,’’ the spokesman said, according to a report by the Yonhap news agency.

“He has been taken into custody for questioning,’’ he added.

There was no exchange of fire between the two sides when the North Korean soldier, a private, smuggled himself across the border to the south, the Yonhap report said.

His defection came after another North Korean soldier walked across the tense border on June 13.

On June 18, a North Korean civilian swam across a river to defect to the South, with styrofoam pieces strapped to both shoulders to stay afloat.

Early this month, two of four crew members of a North Korean fishing boat which drifted to the South refused to return home. They were allowed to resettle.

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