SEOUL (AFP) – A North Korean soldier who was shot by his own side and severely injured while dashing across the border into South Korea has regained consciousness, a report said yesterday. The defector is awake after undergoing two major operations at a hospital in Suwon, south of Seoul, according to an unidentified government official quoted by Yonhap news agency. “The soldier has regained consciousness and he requested to watch television,” the official was quoted as saying, adding he was being shown South Korean movies for his “psychological comfort”. The patient was able to express his thoughts to medical staff, the official said. To allay his fears and reassure him he was indeed in the South, medical staff apparently placed a South Korean flag in his room and were using psychotherapy.