Chinese 'arrest N Korean soldier defector'

SEOUL/BEIJING - Daily NK, an online newspaper based in South Korea that covers North Korea-related issues, has announced it had obtained images of Chinese soldiers arresting a North Korean soldier who defected to China last week.

There has been a string of reported robberies committed by North Korean soldiers on the Chinese side of the border with the secluded state, but according to a South Korean government official, photographs of North Korean soldiers being taken into custody are rare.

Daily NK reported Sunday that two North Korean soldiers fled from Hwanggumpyong Island in Sinuiju, North Pyongan Province, to Dandong, China, on Tuesday last week. Two days later, one of the defectors was discovered but resisted arrest and reportedly took a hostage.

He was eventually subdued by around 100 Chinese security forces and soldiers. The other North Korean soldier is said to be still at large.

"An 18-year-old armed man was apprehended and deported back to North Korea," a source in Dandong familiar with Chinese security matters told The Yomiuri Shimbun.