North Korea is not exactly known for their kind and tolerant behavior and after last week’s defection, even less so. Consequently, they have fortified their border, fired the guards who they believe is responsible and appointed new guards.
Compare that to South Korea who has decorated their soldiers after the defection.
The defector who was shot during his escape is now said to be in a stable condition, in South Korea. Hopefully, this means he is safe.
The man staged a daring and dramatic escape to South Korea and was shot and wounded by North Korean soldiers. The process, including the shooting, was captured on film and has been shown worldwide on television.
Here is the footage:
NORTH KOREA’S RESPONSE
The defection is not a thing that North Korea takes kindly too. Hence, in response, North Korea fired over 35 border guards. Again, compare that to South Korean and US soldiers who rewarded their cadets for the part they played in his rescue!
Also, workers in North Korea were seen digging a trench in an effort to fortify the section of the border where the man escaped, as well as planting trees. Given we know that North Korea has fired over 35 border guards, these are not the same workers or border guards who were on duty during the dramatic escape.
The defector is believed to be a young staff sergeant, in his early 20s. He was flown to a hospital after his escape and has undergone two rounds of surgery already.
A group of senior diplomats have since visited Seoul and Marc Knapper, acting US Ambassador to South Korea, posted photographs on social media, of the border being fortified.
— Marc Knapper (@MarcKnapper) November 23, 2017
The tension between North and South Korea is at an all-time high, as is tension between North Korea and the USA.
In fact, it is likely that there will be no defections in the next few weeks or months, as the border has been intensely fortified. But that does not mean people want to stay.