Seoul: N. Koreans Fired At Soldier As He Defected To South

That is the stark warning issued by Lieutenant General Jan-Marc Jouas, the former deputy commander of U.S. Forces in Korea, in a letter to Democrats this month. There is also the threat of the destruction of Seoul, killing 12 million, immediately. The last time a soldier crossed was in 2007, and before that in 1998. They stumbled over President Donald Trump's pitch to create a "free and open Indo-Pacific", which introduces the idea of including India under the U.S. strategic arm to promote it as a counterweight to China. From January to August 2017, 780 North Koreans escaped to South Korea, according to officials in Seoul.

The soldier bolted from a guard post at the northern side of Panmunjom village in the Joint Security Area to the southern side of the village, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

North Korean soldiers shot at and wounded a fellow soldier who was crossing the Demilitarised Zone at the heavily guarded border to defect to South Korea on Monday, the South's military said.

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At around 3:56 p.m., around 50 meters (164 feet) south of the military demarcation line (MDL) in the Joint Security Area, a bleeding North Korean soldier collapsed on the ground near the Freedom House and was discovered and retrieved by the South's soldiers.

The man, whose identity has not been released while an investigation is underway, reportedly arrived in South Korea three days ago and told investigators he attempted to enter North Korea for "political purposes".

Meanwhile, the two agreed for Moon to visit Xi in China in December to hold another round of summit talks, while Moon invited Xi to South Korea during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, which falls in February next year, the spokesman said. North Korea has typically accused South Korea of enticing its citizens to defect, something the South denies.

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Tensions have soared between the United States and North Korea following a series of weapons tests by Pyongyang and a string of increasingly bellicose exchanges between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The attack prompted Washington to fly nuclear-capable B-52 bombers toward the DMZ in an attempt to intimidate North Korea.

The UN Security Council has unanimously ratcheted up sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs since 2006.

He said: "My preferred outcome is to reunite the two Koreas".

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But out of its own strategic concerns, China's actions towards North Korea have always been "two steps forward, one step back". He pitched it as a winning formula for everyone: "We will respect your independence and your sovereignty", he said.

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