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After Defector Escapes, North Korea Appears To Have Gone To Extreme Lengths To Secure Border

After the harrowing escape of one of its own soldiers, North Korea is beefing up security on its border. U.S. ambassador to South Korea, Marc Knapper, posted a picture on Twitter showing workers digging a ditch while N. Korean soldiers look on.

On Wednesday, senior diplomats from Seoul visited the Joint Security Area (JSA) between North and South Korea.

One diplomat, who remained anonymous, said:

The workers were being watched very closely by the KPA guards, not just the two in the photo, but others out of shot behind the building.

In addition to the new ditch, the 35-40 North Korean soldiers guarding the JSA on the day of the escape have reportedly been replaced. 

A South Korean official from the Defense Ministry added:

We're closely monitoring the North Korean military's movement in the JSA.

People around the world are pulling for the man shown running for his life: