North Korean soldier shot 'by own army' while defecting to South Korea

14 Novembre, 2017, 19:03 | Auteur: Armand Coulomb
  • President Trump attended several summits during his Asia tour

Separately, Suh Wook, a senior JCS official, told lawmakers that Seoul's military believes four North Korean soldiers fired about 40 shots toward the defector, who appeared to have been hit at least five times.

The soldier defected through Panmunjom village, along the Joint Security Area (JSA), which is policed by soldiers from both North Korea and South Korea.

"Currently, the North Korean troops are conducting ordinary field exercises".

Despite the documented risks of torture and persecution faced by North Koreans sent back by China, China continues to forcibly repatriate families trying to flee to safety, Robertson said.

Also on Monday, South Korean police arrested an American for entering a restricted zone - in a separate border area - with the apparent intention of crossing to the North, Yonhap reported.

"Until this morning, we heard he had no consciousness and was unable to breathe on his own but his life can be saved", Suh said.

It marks the first massive joint drills since Seoul and Washington agreed last month to enhance rotational deployments of US strategic assets to curb North Korea's nuclear and missile threats.

Each US aircraft carrier holds more than 60 aircraft, including F/A-18 fighter jets, airborne early warning and control aircraft and helicopters for anti-submarine warfare. He was arrested with a tour group in the port city of Rason.

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The 1953 armistice that ended the fighting but left the countries technically at war was signed in one of the blue buildings that straddle the Military Demarcation Line.

According to a 2017 report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 60 million people in Southeast Asia remain undernourished despite vast improvements in gross domestic product and rising agricultural productivity.

During his trip, Trump struck a tough tone on North Korea, calling for an end to its nuclear program and saying "we hope to God we never have to use" the military strength the US has on the Korean Peninsula.

"Nobody knows when and how the 'war maniac' Trump will ignite the 'wick of war, '" the officials said, referring to the presence of the carriers near the peninsula.

South Korea under President Moon Jae-in has differed from the approach to the North Korea question. A U.N. Command helicopter later transported him to the Ajou medical center, according to South Korean officials.

The three leaders also acknowledged the instrumental role of first APT summit to their countries' recovery from the 1997 Asian financial crisis.

The soldier took cover behind a South Korean structure in a Joint Security Area (JSA) inside the demilitarised zone between the two Koreas.

The forum to be held from Thursday to Friday in Seoul will bring together about 200 government officials and private experts.