North Korea Says US Actions Justify Use Of Nuclear Weapons

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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. The shock of soldiers watching the jeep rush by is palpable from the video released Wednesday, and no wonder: They're beginning to realize that one of their comrades is defecting to the South.

Video footage shows the soldier crashing a military jeep before making his escape, sprinting towards the border while under fire.

One of the North Korean soldiers briefly crossed the Military Demarcation Line that runs through the DMZ, marking the border, before returning to the north side of the JSA. He kicks up leaves, ducking below a tree branch just as the North Korean soldiers skid into view. He was shot by North Korean border guards while he was escaping to South Korean side last week.

Forty minutes later, the video has switched to infrared to show the heat signatures of two South Korean soldiers as they crawl on their hands and knees, using a wall as cover, toward the prone defector.

The re-listing raised fears in the region that North Korea might take it as an excuse to resume weapons tests.

The soldier drove up to the border within the Joint Security Area (JSA) and then sprinted to the other side when his vehicle got stuck in the soft ground. He was flown by a US military helicopter to a hospital in Suwon, south of Seoul. Though the agreement resulted in ceasefire, the two countries are technically still at war, and South Korea has accused the North of violating the agreement numerous times over the years.

While on average more than 1,000 North Koreans defect to the South every year, most travel via China and it is unusual for a North Korean to cross the land border dividing the two Koreas, which have been in a technical state of war since their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. A U.N. Command statement said a meeting had been requested with the North's military to discuss the violations.

"The patient is clearly conscious", Lee Cook-jong, the surgeon treating him, told Yonhap News in a press briefing.

The official said Pyongyang was now more committed than ever to its nuclear missile programme.

"The key findings of the special investigation team are that the KPA violated the armistice agreement by one, firing weapons across the MDL, and two, by actually crossing the MDL temporarily", Chad Carroll, Director of Public Affairs for the UNC, told reporters.

Doctors plan to keep him at an intensive care unit for at least several more days to guard against possible infection, hospital official Shin Mi-jeong said.

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