Footage has been released of a North Korean defector coming under fire as he makes a break to cross the heavily fortified border into the South.
However, the jeep got stuck in a ditch and the soldier jumped out and started running toward the south.
The edited footage showed the soldier speeding through the JSA and past checkpoint controls with the intent of driving across the border, until the vehicle appears to get stuck in a ditch just before the demarcation line.
A wounded defecting North Korean soldier lies next to a wall after he was shot by North Korean border guards in the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, in this still image taken from a video released by the United Nations Command (UNC) on November 22, 2017.
The defector collapsed in a pile of leaves a few feet south of the border, where he was rescued and airlifted to the Ajou University Hospital for treatment.
The defecting soldier, whose rank and identity have not been disclosed, was critically wounded, having been hit five or six times in the hail of bullets as he made his desperate escape on Nov.13.
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One North Korean soldier briefly stepped over the border, but the rest stayed put, for good reason: It's illegal to cross the border, and would likely be seen as a sign of war by both South Korea and the U.S., which has 28,500 troops in the country.
Soldiers on the South side did not return fire. But his escape is a huge embarrassment for the North, which claims all defections are the result of rival Seoul kidnapping or enticing North Koreans. His doctor said Wednesday he is enjoying watching American movies and shows such as "Transformers", "CSI", and "Bruce Almighty", and listening to South Korean pop songs such as "Gee" by popular female band "Girls' Generation".
North Korea's actions during the defector's escape at the Panmunjom border village violated the armistice agreement ending the Korean War because North Korean soldiers fired across and physically crossed the border in pursuit of the soldier, U.S. Col. Chad Carroll, a spokesman for the United Nations command, told reporters in a live TV briefing Wednesday.
He underwent two rounds of surgeries to fix internal organ damage and other injuries.
"We've turned on the TV for him since yesterday", doctor Lee Cook-jong told reporters.
The official said Pyongyang was now more committed than ever to its nuclear missile programme.
"Patient requires intensive care, detailed tests and observation as there is a chance his condition may worsen due to infections of his bullet wounds", the hospital said in a statement.