North Korean Soldier Crosses DMZ, Defects To South Korea
A North Korean soldier crossed directly into South Korea Monday morning for the first time since 2012.By Matt Moreno | June 15, 2015
An unnamed North Korean soldier has defected to South Korea according to local reports.
The teenage soldier crossed from North to South Korea in the demilitarized zone near Hwacheon, Gangwon Province on Monday. A South Korean Ministry of Defense official confirmed the news to state run news agency Yonhap, saying the soldier crossed on foot and "expressed his will to defect."
Al Jazeera reports while there's more than 1,000 defectors from North Korea every year, most go through China and then into South Korea. A soldier defection at the DMZ hasn't happened since 2012.