This harrowing video shows a North Korean defector escaping across the border

Dramatic footage of a North Korean soldier's escape across the Demilitarized Zone last week shows the man making his break for freedom, including the moment that his compatriots run after him and start shooting in an effort to stop him.

It shows the soldier racing toward the border in a jeep, before he runs into a ditch just a feet few away from the white demarcation line officially separating the two Koreas.

North Korea has yet to comment on the defection of a North Korean soldier who is being treated for gunshot wounds in South Korea after being shot by comrades during his escape.

After crashing the vehicle and sprinting towards the border, the injured soldier is seen collapsed in a pile of leaves.

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Forty minutes later, the video has switched to infrared to show the heat signatures of two South Korean soldiers as they crawl on their hands and knees, using a wall as cover, toward the prone defector.

Pyongyang has been accused of violating the 1953 armistice agreement between the North and South by firing across the line dividing the two countries.

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North Korea has called U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to relist the country as a state sponsor of terrorism a "serious provocation" that justifies its development of nuclear weapons.

US-South Korean forces have requested a meeting with North Korea to "prevent future such violations".

He underwent two rounds of surgeries to fix internal organ damage and other injuries.

The jeep that he drove is seen driving along a road in North Korea and across what is known as the "72-hour Bridge" before barreling through the Joint Security Area, the only part of the DMZ where North and South Korean soldiers face each other. His doctor said Wednesday he is enjoying watching American movies and shows such as "Transformers", "CSI", and "Bruce Almighty", and listening to South Korean pop songs such as "Gee" by popular female band "Girls' Generation".

"We've turned on the TV for him since yesterday", doctor Lee Cook-jong told reporters.

"Patient requires intensive care, detailed tests and observation as there is a chance his condition may worsen due to infections of his bullet wounds", the hospital said in a statement.

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