South Korea’s military is blaring news of a North Korean soldier’s defection to their nation across the border at his former nation’s troops, according to Yonhap.
Yonhap on Sunday reported that South Korea began trumpeting the defection via loudspeakers set up on its heavily armed land border with North Korea earlier this month.
The initiative started shortly after the 24-year-old North Korean soldier – who has since been identified only by his family name Oh – defected to South Korea on Nov. 13.
South Korean military officials on Sunday told Yonhap that the broadcasts explain how Oh defected and was then shot and treated in South Korea.
The broadcasts also detail how North Korean soldiers chased Oh and fired at him in violation of the truce agreement between North Korea and South Korea.
The announcements additionally highlight the North Korean Army’s poor health conditions, citing Oh’s health upon crossing through the truce village of Panmunjom earlier this month.
“The nutritive conditions of the North Korean soldier who recently defected through the Panmunjom [village] were unveiled,” one South Korean military official said.
Oh was shot multiple times by North Korean soldiers while defecting and he is now recovering at a South Korean hospital after receiving medical treatment there.
The former soldier fled from his military unit to South Korea’s side of the military demarcation line in Panmunjom, which is watched over by both North Korean and South Korean guards.
South Korean military officials have said their loudspeakers are audible in North Korea as far away as about 12 miles within the latter’s borders.
South Korea resumed its broadcasting operation last January in retaliation for North Korea’s fourth nuclear test.
North Korea has bitterly protested against the move, arguing it has the potential to provoke defections from its front-line soldiers.
Tensions between North Korea and South Korea have been rising this year amid the former’s latest efforts to acquire nuclear weapons.