Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

United States envoy on N. Korean nukes to visit S

United States envoy on N. Korean nukes to visit S

South Korea and the United States were also conducting joint military drills in the East Sea utilizing three US aircraft carriers.

The soldier, who was wounded in the elbow and shoulder, was taken to a South Korean hospital and treated for his injuries.

Military defections across the heavily fortified DMZ dividing the two Koreas are not uncommon, but they are rare at Panmunjom - a major tourist attraction.

South Korea says North Korean soldiers shot at and injured a fellow soldier who was crossing a border village to defect to the South. Per the South Korean military, he was recovered unarmed and bleeding some 25 minutes after gunshots were heard.

He was evacuated to a private hospital by a United Nations helicopter, the official added, saying the solider had regained consciousness but declining to comment on whether his injuries were life-threatening.

No tourists were present at the time, because tours do not run on Mondays.

There was no exchange of gunfire between the two sides, but the South's military said it has raised its level of alertness against any North Korean provocations.

The 58-year-old man from Louisiana was detained on Monday morning as he attempted to enter the secretive state. The exercises would begin in December, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.

The presence of the three-carrier flotilla in Pacific waters is seen as a signal to North Korea that the U.S. will not be intimidated by Pyongyang's continued testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. The attack prompted Washington to fly nuclear-capable B-52 bombers toward the DMZ in an attempt to intimidate North Korea. In 1998, a North Korean solider fled to South Korea via Panmunjom.

He was recovered by South Korean and US soldiers later Monday and transported to a hospital south of Seoul, as he had been hit by multiple gunshots while running away from the North in the heavily fortified demilitarized zone (DMZ).

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