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

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

Kang Kyung-wha is to visit Beijing "as early as next week" to discuss detailed preparations for the third summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping scheduled for next month, according to the source. "Our military has taken in a North Korean soldier after he crossed from a North Korea post towards our Freedom House", the statement said, referring to a building on the South side of the village which is bisected by the border.

"All units and government organs this morning were instructed to submit new documents detailing their tracking of itinerant residents under their remit and Ministry of State Security and MPS personnel are initiating joint surveillance of residents known to frequently move to different regions for work", the source continued. In 1998, a North Korean solider fled to South Korea via Panmunjom.

The majority of the defectors flee via China, which has the longest border with North Korea that is easier to cross than the heavily protected DMZ.

During a speech in Seoul, Trump warned Kim Jong Un 'do not try us' and reiterated his previous statement that the US will not hesitate to protect itself or its allies.

The defection came at a time of heightened tension over North Korea's nuclear weapons programme, and could escalate animosities between the rival countries. More than a million mines are believed to be buried inside the zone.

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"The ASEAN leaders expressed grave concerns over North Korea's continuing provocations while reaffirming their resolve to never allow North Korean nukes", Cheong Wa Dae said. This makes the area a popular stop for visitors from both sides.

Areas around Panmunjom have been the site of bloodshed and defection attempts by North Koreans in the past, but there have been no such incidents in recent years.

John Bolton, former US Ambassador to the UN, said North Korea would also sell nuclear weapons to aspiring nuclear powers unless the rogue nation was stopped. From January to August 2017, 780 North Koreans escaped to South Korea, according to officials in Seoul.

"North Korea are very close now to being able to drop thermo-nuclear warheads on any target in the United States". The incident left three North Korean soldiers and one South Korean soldier dead.