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North Korean soldier defects to the South at Joint Security Area: JCS

North Korean soldier defects to the South at Joint Security Area: JCS”

But aside from reviving questions about Russian election meddling in the 2016 election and weekend tweets taunting North Korean's Kim Jong Un with schoolyard jabs, Trump has largely stayed on message and been unusually engaged, according to his traveling companions.

North Korean soldiers shot at the unidentified North Korean soldier when he ran from the guard post at the northern side of the village, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

North Korean soldiers have occasionally defected to South Korea across the border.

"The individual initially took cover near a building on the southern side of the JSA."U.S. and South Korean forces recovered him at about 4 p.m., then took him to Ajou University Medical Center south of Seoul, along with a UNC security escort and translator, it said". The U.N. Command said Tuesday that an investigation into the incident was underway.

The defection comes amid tension between the two Koreas, and between the United States and the North. The last time a North Korean soldier defected through there was in 2007 and, before that, in 1998. This year, North Korean defectors successfully escaping the regime fell by 12.7 percent, according to the Telegraph.

The last such crossing was in June. Yonhap News agency said Kim's military officials reportedly "cherry-pick" loyal soldiers who are stationed at the DMZ.

Seventy-one-year-old President Donald Trump is holding up just fine as he nears the end of his grueling five-nation trip to Asia.

Panmunjomis where an armistice was signed to pause the Korean War.

"Currently, the North Korean troops are conducting ordinary field exercises". More than a million mines are believed to be buried inside the zone.

"I am afraid that Kim will do something more terrible and will come to the negotiating table only after a big intercontinental ballistic missile test", Mr. Yang said.

Reminded that it had been 10 years since the last three-carrier exercise, Mattis noted that the Navy has a limited number of carriers and can't often put three in the same place. In 1984, a Soviet tourist sprinted across the demarcation line from North Korea in a bid to defect, prompting a gun battle that killed and wounded several soldiers from both sides.

"But our military is keeping a full readiness posture against the possibility of North Korea's provocations", a military official said in a briefing.

The exercise features the aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz, and USS Theodore Roosevelt and includes air defense drills, sea surveillance, replenishments at sea, defensive air combat training, close-in coordinated maneuvers and other training, Navy officials said.



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