>> A life-threatening dash from the clutches of the Kim regime. This dramatic video released by the UN on Wednesday shows the moment a North Korean soldier made a desperate run across the world's most heavily militarized border last week, escaping to the safety of the south. After passing North Korean army checkpoints, he appears to get stuck in a ditch before running for his life across the military demarcation line as his fellow countrymen unleash a hail of bullets.
Amazingly he survives and is pulled to safety by US and South Korean troops. On Wednesday, Seoul gave an update on his condition, Reuters' Josh Smith has the latest.>> Doctors announced today that the defector had regained consciousness and appears to be in stable condition after a series of surgeries to remove multiple bullets from his body.
They say, however, that there continues to be a high risk of infection, so he is not out of the woods yet. Risk of infection has been heightened they say by some of the soldiers conditions including a serious case of parasites and other hygiene issue that the soldier appears to be suffering from.
>> Doctors have identified the man as 24 years old with the surname O. At his request they've been playing South Korean pop music for him, and American action movies. The UN command also had an announcement about the incident on Wednesday, saying the video shows North Korea breaking terms of the delicate Korean armistice, the only thing that stands between the North and the South actually being at war.
>> The way the soldiers apparently violated this armistice was first, when they stopped to fire at the soldier, at the
] soldier. Some of their fire crossed into South Korea across the border. At another point, one of the North Korean soldiers appears to run briefly across the actual border before apparently realizing his mistake and turning around and returning to North Korea.
>> By this stage, officials say allies troops operating the CCTV cameras that captured the whole ordeal had notified their commanders and soldiers had assembled on the South Korean side of the border.