A North Korean soldier who was shot at least five times while defecting to the South has regained consciousness.
The soldier asked to watch television and is being shown South Korean films, Yonhap news agency reports.
“We believe the most life-threatening moment has now passed,” a government official told the agency.
The soldier made his escape over the demilitarised border last week and was shot at more than 40 times before reaching safety, the South says.
Medical staff say that he is traumatised from his ordeal.
“To provide psychological stability a South Korean flag has been placed hanging on the hospital room wall,” the government official told Yonhap.
The soldier, who had been in a critical condition, has not yet been publicly identified.
He crossed to the South Korean side of the Joint Security Area (JSA) in the village of Panmunjom on 13 November.
He had to finish his journey on foot when a wheel on his …