July 31, 2020

South Korean general sacked over defector’s return

Seoul (AFP) – A South Korean marine major-general was relieved of his command Friday after the military failed to prevent a man’s illegal defection back to the North, officials said.The man’s departure only came to light when Pyongyang — which insists it has not had any coronavirus cases — announced at the weekend that a “runaway” who had returned across the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone was suspected of having the disease.Defections from the South to the North are extremely rare, and doubly so across the DMZ, which divides the peninsula and is one of the world’s most secure borders. …

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