The North Korean soldier who defected to the South on Monday (Nov 13) was shot by several North Korean soldiers while making his way over the inter-Korean border, the United Nations Command said on Tuesday.
The soldier, whose rank and identity have not been disclosed, was flown by helicopter to hospital on Monday after his escape to South Korea, during which he was sacked on by four North Korean soldiers.
South Korea's military is keeping its full combat readiness against North Korea's possible provocations as the North's soldiers are preparing for their monthslong winter training, the South's military said Monday.
It's the same border area which was visited by US Secretary of Defense James Mattis less than a month ago.
In 1984, North Korean and U.N. Command soldiers traded gunfire after a Soviet citizen defected by sprinting to the South Korean sector of the truce village.
Signs have been detected that North Korea's military is preparing for winter drills that will begin in December, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance to the Kumsong Tractor Factory in this undated picture provided by KCNA in Pyongyang on Wednesday.
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More than 30,000 North Koreans have defected to the South since the end of the 1950-53 war, but it's rare for soldiers to flee across the DMZ, much less the JSA. "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 state-run Korean Central News Agency said Saturday that the presence of the three carriers was part of Washington's "sinister intention to maintain military hegemony in the region".
The defection came at a time of heightened tension over North Korea's nuclear weapons program, and could escalate animosities between the rival countries.
North Korea warned Monday that the unprecedented deployment of three US aircraft carrier groups "taking up a strike posture" around the Korean peninsula is making it impossible to predict when nuclear war will break out. South Korea said the 12 women, and one man, had chosen to defect to the South.
The JSA is a small strip of land on the border between the Koreas where troops from both sides stand face-to-face.
The incident left three North Korean soldiers and one South Korean soldier dead.
The Joint Security Area was the site of some bloodshed during the Cold War but there hasn't been major violence there in recent years.