North Korean soldiers shoot defector at border

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jung-sook wave their hands after arriving in Manila the Philippines on Nov. 12 2017 for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations forum

"Our military maintains full readiness while strengthening the alert in preparation for the possibility of provocations by the North Korean army", the JCS said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met on Saturday on the sidelines of the APEC meeting in Danang, Vietnam, and agreed to normalize bilateral ties that were damaged by a flap over a US antimissile system when they hold a summit in Beijing next month, according to a report in Chosun Ilbo.

The wounded soldier was evacuated from the site for emergency medical attention, the statement said, after defecting from a North Korean guard post at the Joint Security Area (JSA) on the heavily-guarded border between the two countries.

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

How many North Koreans defect annually?

About 30,000 North Koreans have defected to South Korea since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, but most travel through China.

Smart televisions like the LG 49-inch Class 4K Smart TV will be offered for $328, an Element 39-inch Class Smart TV will be up for grabs for $125 and a Samsung 65-inch Class Curved 4K Smart TV for will go up for $998. The last time a soldier crossed was in 2007, and before that in 1998. Yonhap News agency said Kim's military officials reportedly "cherry-pick" loyal soldiers who are stationed at the DMZ.

He said that "people first" has been his longstanding political philosophy, and it is a vision in line with the spirit of Korea's "candlelight revolution" that lit and heated up the winter in Korea a year ago.

Lieu said he was shocked that the letter highlighted the fact that the US military couldn't just send over troops right now, because an attack from Jong-un would be provoked.

The JSA is a small strip of land on the border between the Koreas where troops from both sides stand face-to-face.

South Korean guards, who were alerted by gunshots, found the North Korean soldier about 55 yards south of Panmunjom, the New York Times reported.

North Korea this year is boosting its nuclear and missile capacity.

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.

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