Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

North Korean soldier shot while defecting to South Korea

North Korean soldier shot while defecting to South Korea

The soldier drove a jeep toward a guard post in the Joint Security Area just after 3 p.m. on Monday, said Col. Roh Jae-cheon, a spokesman for South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

All channels for dialogue are now cut off between Seoul and Pyongyang after North Korea's relentless development of nuclear weapons and missiles.

Four North Korean soldiers chased after him, firing at least 40 rounds, including some with an AK-47 assault rifle, officials said Tuesday after reviewing security camera footage from the border. We urge the top brass to get to the bottom of the case involving North Korean soldiers shooting at a fleeing defector and come up with measures to prevent such a mishap in the future.

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

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Suzanne DiMaggio, a director at the think tank New America, told Politico that North Korean officials are confused by the United States president's increasingly "erratic behaviour" and "really want to know what his end game is".

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.

North Korea has typically accused South Korea of enticing its citizens to defect, something the South denies.

These were the first gunshots fired at the truce village of Panmunjom in 33 years and the first defection of a North Korean soldier since 2007. She believes they were ready after Trump's surprise election to discuss a new round of official talks with the U.S.to defuse the standoff over their nuclear weapons - but that Trump's escalating rhetoric and Twitter rants such as his weekend taunting of North Korea's "short and fat" Kim Jong Un may have foreclosed that option. They stand only several yards away from tall South Korean soldiers wearing aviator sunglasses and standing motionless like statues. That prompted Washington to send nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to intimidate the North before the adversaries pulled back from the brink of conflict.

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