February 08, 2023

South Korea fires army general after yet another ‘disappointing’ defection

South Korean military officials to be held accountable for failing to promptly apprehend a North Korean man last month

Marking further fallout from yet another “embarrassing” defection, the South Korean military fired a two-star army official from his post on Thursday after a North Korean man was caught on camera swimming across the border and entering the country through a previously-unaccounted-for storm drain.

Major Gen. Pyo Chang-soo was held responsible for the incident, which involved military personnel taking six hours to apprehend the North Korean man — despite the fact that surveillance cameras recorded him 10 separate times and sounded an alarm twice. The man passed into South Korean territory on Feb. 16 and was eventually transported to a military hospital after questioning.