According to a lawmaker who attended a closed-door briefing by the National Intelligence Service, the spy agency has intelligence that Hwang, the head of the army's General Political Bureau, has been punished, along with Kim Won Hong, the bureau's deputy chief.
It is the part of the border where North and South Korean soldiers face each other at their closest distance just metres apart.
North Korean soldiers were only a few meters away when the defector jumped from the vehicle and fled on foot, scrambling up slightly rising ground to cross the border.
"The defector is suffering from fear and heavy stress from the gunshots that wounded him", the official said.
According to South Korean news agency Yonhap, the GPB is about to be audited for the first time in 20 years. President Trump says the move "supports our maximum pressure campaign to isolate this murderous regime".
Tensions between the US and North Korea are running high after a series of missile and nuclear tests aimed at deploying an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to US cities. "At this moment, we think that the patient has overcome a serious condition".
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged that putting North Korea back on the terrorist list is a largely symbolic move, with limited practical effect.
The gargantuan Kim Jong-un inspects a tractor factory last week
Regarded as a "close confidant" of Kim, he was considered to be a vital part of his inner circle and has regularly appeared by his side.
While treating the wounds, surgeons removed dozens of parasites from the soldier's ruptured small intestine, including presumed roundworms that were as long as 27cm, which may reflect poor nutrition and health in North Korea's military.
The Trump administration is putting North Korea back on the State Department's list of state sponsors of terrorism.
Analysts told the Times the North Korean leader is using the tactic to instil fear among the elites and strengthen his control as the country braces for impacts of tough UN sanctions.
The proposal by China and Russia of a two-track approach, which promotes the denuclearization of the peninsula, and the establishment of a peace mechanism in parallel the suspension initiative which calls for the DPRK to suspend its nuclear missile activities and for the United States and the Republic of Korea to suspend their large scale military exercises and the step by step conception from Russia are the basis on which both countries currently propose a roadmap to resolve the peninsula issue.
North Korea will join Iran, Sudan and Syria on the blacklist.
Kim Yong-jin, a vice premier on education affairs in North Korea's cabinet, was reportedly executed for slouching during a meeting.
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