“The soldier is being treated at a South Korean hospital after a five-hour operation for the gunshot wounds […]”
Either poorly trained NorK troops or severely worn barrels on their rifles. A very good indication the NK troops are not accomplished riflemen. Unaimed, and “spray-and-pray” shooting, wastes ammunition, that NK probably is in short supply of.
They’re going to need a higher capacity magazine. Number Ten shooting, Bruce Lee.