Here is something that is really not good for the ROK military leadership in regards to the recent defection of a North Korean soldier across the DMZ:
Opposition lawmakers strongly censured the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday following revelations that a North Korean soldier slipped through the heavily fortified border, passed checkpoints and reached a South Korean military base undetected in a defection attempt.
The North Korean solider was taken into custody only after he arrived at a South Korean barracks near the eastern front shortly before midnight last Tuesday. The soldier told investigators that he walked past several checkpoints undetected.
During a parliamentary audit of the government, Rep. Kim Kwang-jin of the main opposition Democratic United Party criticized holes in the border defense, saying South Korean troops could have been harmed if the defector had been carrying weapons.
JCS Chairman Gen. Jung Seung-jo said the military made a “big mistake.”
It was still under investigation how the North Korean soldier crossed the border. [Yonhap]
Something else I found interesting read the rest of the article was that this was the third defection of a North Korean soldier this year. One defected in August and another defected just few days before this recent defection. That makes it three defections in three months. The number is still too small to draw any trend from, but if the number of North Korean soldiers defecting increases this would be an interesting development. That is because the soldiers placed along the DMZ are usually from respected families in order to prevent defections to the South. If even soldiers from respected families are defecting that shows there are some serious internal issues within North Korea.