'Enormous parasites' found in N Korean defector's body

China says will work with North Korea to boost ties as envoy visits

China, North Korea's only major ally, said Wednesday that it would send a high-level special envoy to the North's capital, Pyongyang, amid an extended chill in relations between the neighbors.

"We have also discovered a parasite never seen in Koreans before", Lee said.

But the case of this defector stands above the others - his small intestine is ruptured, contaminated with fecal matter, and infected with parasites, Lee told the Review.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang Geng said China's position has not changed and the "freeze-for-freeze" initiative, under which the USA and South Korea would suspend large-scale military exercises in return, remained a "first step".

"(The soldier's condition is) not surprising at all considering the North's hygiene and parasite problems", Choi added.

Yun was in South Korea to discuss the North Korean nuclear issue with his South Korean counterpart Lee Do-hoon when he made the comments.

The defector crossed the demilitarised zone earlier this week, but was shot several times by North Korean border guards as he ran across the Joint Security Area in Panmunjom to the South Korean side.

Worldwide sanctions, droughts, and disastrous internal management mean food shortages are a big problem in North Korea.

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While the contents of the soldier's stomach don't necessarily reflect the population as a whole, his status as a soldier - with an elite assignment - would indicate he would at least be as well nourished as an average North Korean.

Parasitic worms were also once common in South Korea 40 to 50 years ago, Lee noted during his briefing, but have all but disappeared as economic conditions greatly improved. That's according to a report released Thursday by 38North, a North Korea monitoring project based out of Washington, DC.

The North Korean leader is said to rarely meet senior foreign visitors.

Doctors said the soldier's height was 1.7 metres (5ft 7in) and his weight 60kg (9st 6lb).

Imported corn, which is less preferred but cheaper to obtain than rice, has tended to increase in years when North Koreans are more anxious about their seasonal harvests.

Between January and September, China exported almost 49,000 tonnes of corn to North Korea, compared with 3,125 tonnes in 2016, according to figures from Beijing.

It's unclear whether the parasite has been seen in other parts of the world. A study in 2009 found preschool children in the North were up to 13cm shorter and up to 7kg lighter than those brought up in the South.

Satellite images taken this month of a North Korean naval shipyard indicate that Pyongyang is pursuing an "aggressive schedule" to build its first operational ballistic missile submarine, a U.S. institute has reported.

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