North Korean soldier shot while defecting to South Korea: Seoul

North Korean soldier shot while defecting to South Korea: Seoul

A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea through the Joint Security Area (JSA) in the Demilitarized Zone, Monday, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

The individual, presumed to be a North Korean soldier, "initially took cover near a building on the southern side of the JSA", the UNC said, using the abbreviation for the Joint Security Area.

The soldier was being operated upon for a second time on Wednesday, the hospital treating him said.

South Korean troops found the injured soldier south of the border after hearing sounds of gunfire, a South Korean Defense Ministry official said, requesting anonymity, citing department rules.

He's in critical condition and it's unclear whether he will stay alive, given the seriousness of the wound, according to Lee Guk-jong, a doctor at the hospital.

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.

Donald Trump has been "sentenced to death" by the Korean people, North Korea's state media has reportedly said. They have previously accused South Korea of kidnapping or enticing North Koreans to defect.

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The JSA is jointly overseen by the American-led U.N. Command and by North Korea, with South Korean and North Korean border guards facing each other only meters (feet) apart.

More than 30,000 North Korean civilians have fled their homeland since the two nations came into being in 1948.

There was no report of any exchange of fire between the two Koreas. While both sides of the DMZ are guarded by barbed wire fences, mines and tank traps, the JSA includes the truce village of Panmunjom which provides the site for rare talks and draws curious tourists.

Over the decades since the peninsula was divided, dozens of North Korean soldiers have fled to the South through the heavily fortified Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) along the rest of the border.

The same day the Louisiana man was arrested, North Korean troops in the same western portion of the DMZ fired at a comrade who fled to the South at a jointly controlled DMZ area.

On Donald Trump's recent trip to South Korea, the USA president toned down his rhetoric and urged North Korea to come to the table and "make a deal".

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