The United Nations Command (UNC), Vincent Brooks on Thursday (November 23) awarded its own JSA soldiers – three South Korean and three U.S. soldiers – the Army Commendation medal in recognition for their efforts in rescuing the defector.
The soldiers had been responsible for dragging the wounded North Korean soldier to safety in a daring rescue seen in security camera footage released by the United Nations Command earlier this week. , according to USFK’s Facebook page
Meanwhile, North Korea has reportedly replaced guards and fortified a section of its border. A group of senior diplomats based in Seoul visited the JSA on Wednesday (November 22) morning where they saw five North Korean workers digging a deep trench in the area where the soldier had dashed across the line, a member of the diplomatic delegation told Reuters on Friday (November 24).
In a photograph of the visit posted to the Twitter account of acting U.S. ambassador to South Korea, Marc Knapper, North Korean workers could be seen using shovels to dig a deep trench on the North Korean side of the line as soldiers stood guard.
According to an intelligence official cited by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, the North has replaced the 35-40 soldiers it had guarding the JSA at the time of the incident. Pyongyang has not commented on the defection of its soldier, who is now in stable condition despite sustaining multiple injuries sustained from gunshot wounds to his arm and torso.