North Korean soldier who ran across border was drunk, son of ranking military official

Screenshot from the UNC-released video that shows the dramatic defection by the North Korean soldier, who drove a military jeep to the line that divides the peninsula, then ran across it under a barrage of gunfire.

Oh Chong-song, the North Korean soldier who defected to the South through the Joint Security Area at Panmunjeom on Nov. 13, is the son of a ranking North Korean military official, reported a Korean cable news channel.

“The soldier-defector is the son of a North Korean military police official with a rank equivalent to a South Korean lieutenant colonel,” a member of the parliamentary committee on national defense was quoted as saying by Channel A. It has not been confirmed, however, whether his father is still in active service.

He is said to be indifferent when it comes to being loyal to Kim Jung Un- the third generation of the Kim family to lead the country.

“Probably 80 percent of my generation is indifferent and has no loyalty,” he was quoted as saying. “It is natural to have no interest nor loyalty since the hereditary system is taken as a given, regardless of its inability to feed people.”

Japan’s Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported Oh had been drinking before he made the dash to defect, which appears to be a decision he made on a whim.

He decided to keep goingt towards the south because he feared execution after breaking through a checkpoint.

“I feared I could be executed if I went back so I crossed the border,” he said.

North Korea watchers have assumed Oh to be an elite, as soldiers with good family backgrounds are usually deployed to the JSA.

The fact that he drove a military vehicle and wore socks instead of foot muffs that ordinary soldiers wear was another indicator of his family connections.

Oh also told Lee Cook-jong, the surgeon who performed surgery on him, that he wanted to study law.



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