File - A South Korean soldier keeps vigil at an observation point, on the southern side of the demilitarized zone (DMZ), Paju, 07 July 2006. (AFP PHOTO/JUNG YEON-JE)
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A teenage North Korean soldier walked across the world's most heavily militarized border Monday in a bid to defect to South Korea, South Korean Defense Ministry officials said.While there are more than a thousand defections from North Korea to South Korea every year, most defectors come via China and it is rare for a North Korean to cross the heavily mined Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The North said in a notice signed by its Red Cross chief that the two South Koreans who had entered the North on May 11 would be handed over at the Panmunjom truce village on the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) border, the ministry said.
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