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The South Korean military has come under heavy criticism after a special investigation team revealed on Wednesday that a North Korean defector who crossed the DMZ earlier this month was not picked up by South Korean soldiers but rather went completely undetected until he knocked on the door of a barracks and asked to defect.
In a parliamentary audit on Monday, opposition lawmakers strongly censured the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, saying South Korean troops could have been harmed if the defector had been carrying weapons.
Although defection across the land border is rare, two other soldiers from the communist nation made their way across the heavily armed border this year alone.
Just four days after the Oct. 2 defection, an 18-year-old solider defected Saturday after reportedly shooting two of his officers to death. A third North Korean soldier crossed the land border into the South on Aug. 17, waving a white flag, an international symbol of capitulation.