North Korea: The Most Daring Escape Captured on Camera

Korean Escape GIF

Here is the Closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage of a North Korean soldier’s daring escape through the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) at the JSA (Joint Security Area) site on November 13, 2017. The JSA is the only portion of the Korean Demilitarized Zone where North and South Korean forces stand face-to-face. It is used by both Koreas for diplomatic engagements and is often called the “Truce Village” in both the media and various military accounts.

The KPA defector uses a military vehicle to cross the 72-hour Bridge. Unfortunately, the defector gets the vehicle stuck along the row of JSA buildings.The KPA initial response is to chase after him.

The defector makes a run south across the MDL as KPA soldiers engage him with direct fire.


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A KPA soldier briefly crosses the MDL, probably thinks “Oh crap” (in Korean) before returning back to the north side of the JSA. We then see The JSA security battalion’s rescue the defector just prior to his medical evacuation for treatment.