North Korean Soldier Makes Desperate Escape In Border Chase | NBC Nightly News


UNDER FIRE FROM HIS OWN COMRADES. NBCS KIR SIM MONS OWN COMRADES. NBCS KIR SIM MONS WITH THAT DRAMATIC NBCS KIR SIM MONS WITH THAT DRAMATIC STORY. WITH THAT DRAMATIC STORY.>>Reporter: LIKE A STORY.>>Reporter: LIKE A SCENE FROM A SPY>>Reporter: LIKE A SCENE FROM A SPY THRILLER, A MILITARY SCENE FROM A SPY THRILLER, A MILITARY JEEP HURTLES INTO THRILLER, A MILITARY JEEP HURTLES INTO VIEW. JEEP HURTLES INTO VIEW. INSIDE THE VEHICLE, A VIEW. INSIDE THE VEHICLE, A 24-YEAR-OLD NORTH INSIDE THE VEHICLE, A 24-YEAR-OLD NORTH KOREAN SOLDIER 24-YEAR-OLD NORTH KOREAN SOLDIER DESPERATE TO DEFECT. KOREAN SOLDIER DESPERATE TO DEFECT. AS HE NEARS THE DESPERATE TO DEFECT. AS HE NEARS THE BORDER, NORTH KOREAN AS HE NEARS THE BORDER, NORTH KOREAN SOLDIERS SCRAMBLE BORDER, NORTH KOREAN SOLDIERS SCRAMBLE AFTER HIM. SOLDIERS SCRAMBLE AFTER HIM. HE LEAPS FROM HIS AFTER HIM. HE LEAPS FROM HIS CRASHED JEEP NARROWLY HE LEAPS FROM HIS CRASHED JEEP NARROWLY ESCAPING HIS PURSUERS. CRASHED JEEP NARROWLY ESCAPING HIS PURSUERS. SECONDS LATER MORE ESCAPING HIS PURSUERS. SECONDS LATER MORE SOLDIERS APPEAR AND SECONDS LATER MORE SOLDIERS APPEAR AND START SHOOTING EVEN AS SOLDIERS APPEAR AND START SHOOTING EVEN AS THE DEFECTOR IS START SHOOTING EVEN AS THE DEFECTOR IS RUNNING ACROSS ONE OF THE DEFECTOR IS RUNNING ACROSS ONE OF THE WORLDS MOST RUNNING ACROSS ONE OF THE WORLDS MOST DANGEROUS BORDERS. THE WORLDS MOST DANGEROUS BORDERS.>>I DO NOT RECALL DANGEROUS BORDERS.>>I DO NOT RECALL ANOTHER INCIDENT OF>>I DO NOT RECALL ANOTHER INCIDENT OF HOT PURSUIT ACROSS THE ANOTHER INCIDENT OF HOT PURSUIT ACROSS THE BORDER, WHICH HOT PURSUIT ACROSS THE BORDER, WHICH POTENTIALLY COULD HAVE BORDER, WHICH POTENTIALLY COULD HAVE LED TO AN ESCALATION. POTENTIALLY COULD HAVE LED TO AN ESCALATION.>>Reporter: HIT FIVE LED TO AN ESCALATION.>>Reporter: HIT FIVE TIMES, HAVING LOST>>Reporter: HIT FIVE TIMES, HAVING LOST HALF HIS BLOOD, THE TIMES, HAVING LOST HALF HIS BLOOD, THE DEFECTORS BODY HALF HIS BLOOD, THE DEFECTORS BODY SLUMPED AGAINST A DEFECTORS BODY SLUMPED AGAINST A WALL. SLUMPED AGAINST A WALL. NEXT, A DARING RESCUE. WALL. NEXT, A DARING RESCUE. SOUTH KOREAN SOLDIERS NEXT, A DARING RESCUE. SOUTH KOREAN SOLDIERS CRAWLING TO HIM, SOUTH KOREAN SOLDIERS CRAWLING TO HIM, DRAGGING HIM TO CRAWLING TO HIM, DRAGGING HIM TO SAFETY. DRAGGING HIM TO SAFETY. JUST LAST MONTH INSIDE SAFETY. JUST LAST MONTH INSIDE NORTH KOREA, WE JUST LAST MONTH INSIDE NORTH KOREA, WE VISITED THE DMZ AND NORTH KOREA, WE VISITED THE DMZ AND WALKED THROUGH THE VISITED THE DMZ AND WALKED THROUGH THE VERY SAME AREA. WALKED THROUGH THE VERY SAME AREA. THAT IS THE BORDER VERY SAME AREA. THAT IS THE BORDER BETWEEN NORTH AND THAT IS THE BORDER BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH. BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH. THE DESPERATE ESCAPE SOUTH. THE DESPERATE ESCAPE AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THE DESPERATE ESCAPE AN EMBARRASSMENT TO NORTH KOREA. AN EMBARRASSMENT TO NORTH KOREA.>>I WOULD GUESS NORTH KOREA.>>I WOULD GUESS LOOKING AT PAST>>I WOULD GUESS LOOKING AT PAST PRACTICE, THAT ANYBODY LOOKING AT PAST PRACTICE, THAT ANYBODY ASSOCIATED CLOSELY PRACTICE, THAT ANYBODY ASSOCIATED CLOSELY WITH HIM WILL BE TRIED ASSOCIATED CLOSELY WITH HIM WILL BE TRIED AND EITHER EXECUTED OR WITH HIM WILL BE TRIED AND EITHER EXECUTED OR INCARCERATED. AND EITHER EXECUTED OR INCARCERATED.>>Reporter: TONIGHT INCARCERATED.>>Reporter: TONIGHT HE IS RECOVERING AFTER>>Reporter: TONIGHT HE IS RECOVERING AFTER TWO OPERATIONS. HE IS RECOVERING AFTER TWO OPERATIONS. LUCKY TO BE ALIVE, TWO OPERATIONS. LUCKY TO BE ALIVE, RUNNING FOR FREEDOM, LUCKY TO BE ALIVE, RUNNING FOR FREEDOM, ESCAPING WITH JUST

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