February 26, 2018

North Korean defector had 'enormous amount' of parasitic worms in body

18 November 2017, 01:54 | Denise Dawson

Siti Aisyah

Siti Aisyah

Pyongyang now faces U.N. Security Council sanctions aimed at punishing it for its nuclear and missile provocations, including its sixth nuclear test staged September 3.

A North Korean soldier who was shot fleeing across the border had an extremely high level of parasites in his intestines, his doctors said.

"In my over-20-year-long career as a surgeon, I have only seen something like this in a textbook", Lee said.

"President Xi recognizes that a nuclear North Korea is a grave threat to China, and we agreed that we would not accept a so-called freeze for freeze agreement, like those that have consistently failed in the past", Trump said.

The soldier was flown to hospital by helicopter on Monday after his escape to South Korea under fire from North Korean soldiers.

Officials have said that the defecting soldier made the crossing at the Panmunjom peace village at the Joint Security Area - the heavily guarded section of the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) where troops from the North & South face each other.

"(The soldier's condition is) not surprising at all considering the North's hygiene and parasite problems", Choi added. It denies North Korea's persistent accusation that it is planning to invade.

Doan Thi Huong
Doan Thi Huong

North Korean soldiers are then believed to have fired around 40 rounds in a bid to stop him.

BBC reports that human faeces are still used as fertilisers in North Korea. The problem is common among defectors, the professor said, but may not be reflective of the North Korean population. Use of the corn found in his stomach, which is cheaper than rice but less popular, has increased in years when North Koreans are more anxious about harvests.

"China is sending an Envoy and Delegation to North Korea - A big move, we'll see what happens!" he tweeted Thursday.

One-quarter of North Korean children aged between six months and five years who attend nurseries the WFP supports suffer from chronic malnutrition, it said.

About one in four North Korean children grow to be shorter than their South Korean counterparts, according to the World Food Programme.

An official from South Korea's top spy agency, the National Intelligence Service, told lawmakers on Thursday that North Korea has not secured the key technologies needed to build a ballistic missile that can survive a return through the atmosphere, the Yonhap news agency reported yesterday, citing a "parliamentary source".

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