South Korean crosses armed border in rare defection to North

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By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL (Reuters) – A South Korean has crossed the heavily fortified border in a rare defection to North Korea, South Korea’s military said on Sunday. The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said it carried out a search operation after detecting the person around 9:20 p.m. (1220 GMT) on Saturday on the eastern side of the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas. “We’ve confirmed that the person crossed the Military Demarcation Line border about 10:40 p.m. (1340 GMT) and defected to the North,” the JCS said. The JCS said it could not confirm whether the person was alive, but se…

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