South Korea: North Korea Wounds Soldier as He Defects
South Korea: North Korea Wounds Soldier as He Defects
US, South Korea start drills in show of force against the North
14 November, 2017, 10:32
However, he was shot by North Korean soldiers on the way, and he has been rushed to hospital.
The soldier crossed to the South side of the Joint Security Area at Panmunjom, the only portion of the border Demilitarised Zone where forces from the two sides come face-to-face, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.
Special Representative for North Korea Policy Joseph Yun will meet with South Korean and global officials, according to the U.S. State Department, although there is no indication his visit will include talks with the North.
There was no immediate comment on the incident from North Korea.
Moon Sang-gyun, the South's defense ministry spokesman, said military operations at the JSA were usually conducted under the orders of the U.N. Command, which is in turn under orders from the USA military.
About 30,000 North Koreans have defected to South Korea since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, with most travel through China.
A JCS official quoted by Yonhap news agency said the South's soldiers heard a gunshot and then retrieved the unarmed soldier in the mid-afternoon.
South Korean Defence Minister Song Young-moo said it was the first time North Korean soldiers had fired towards the South's side of the JSA, prompting complaints from some lawmakers that the South's military should have returned fire. "Since China has not retracted its official position that THAAD damages its strategic interests, the THAAD issue continues to simmer and could still boil over under the right circumstances", said Lee Hui-ok, director of the Sungkyun Institute of China Studies.
Trump muddied the water later on his Asia visit by Tweeting that North Korean leader Kim had insulted him by calling him "old" and said he would never call Kim "short and fat". In 1976, when North Korean soldiers axed two American army officers to death and the United States responded by flying nuclear-capable B-52 bombers toward the DMZ in an attempt to intimidate the North.
He added that South Korean troops did not fire at the North.
He added that Russian Federation, like South Korea, has deep interest in the peace of the Korean Peninsula, emphasizing it is his country's persistent stance.
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