The Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Marc Knapper, posted a photograph that showed a group of workers digging a trench where the defector jumped out of his vehicle and bolted across the demilitarized zone, or DMZ.
“The North Koreans have planted two trees and are digging a trench at the spot where their soldier crossed the MDL [military demarcation line],” Knapper wrote.
The United Nations released security camera footage of the escape last week, which showed a soldier running out of a vehicle after getting stuck in a ditch. He is then seen being shot by other North Korean soldiers as he runs across the joint security area (JSA). Later, he is dragged to safety by South Korean forces after collapsing near a wall.
The defector was shot five times during his defection run. He is currently in stable condition and is undergoing operations to remove parasitic worms and treat his wounds, Lee Cook-jong, a surgeon at Ajou University Hospital, told The Guardian.