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N. Korean soldier who defected used a vehicle to escape

N. Korean soldier who defected used a vehicle to escape

"What the president is trying to do right now is recognize that the gravest threat that America faces is North Korea developing nuclear weapons". In that short period of time, four North Korean soldiers shot as many as 40 rounds at him.

Seo said the North Korean soldier appears to have been shot in five places, adding that he had his first operation on Monday.

Soldiers from the North have occasionally defected to South Korea across the border but it is rare for a North Korean soldier to defect via the Joint Security Area, where border guards of the rival Koreas stand facing each other just metres apart, and be shot by fellow North Korean soldiers.

According to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the defector drove a auto into the northern side of the JSA before approaching an area just 10 meters (33 feet) from the Military Demarcation Line (MDL).

"He has at least six gunshot wounds on his body and the penetrating wound in the abdomen is the most serious", the doctor, Lee Cook-Jong, told reporters, AFP said.

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"He then exited the vehicle and continued fleeing south across the line as he was sacked upon by other soldiers from North Korea", UNC said in a statement.

"We will have to ride out some crucial moments over the next 10 days", Lee said.

"The military has raised its alertness against the North Korean military's possible provocations and is maintaining its full readiness posture", the official said. The JSA provides the adversaries with a neutral zone and has been the site of past dialogue. It's also a popular stop for tourists and dignitaries, including several US presidents. His helicopter had to turn back because of bad weather.

South Korean forces have identified him only as "A" and said the man arrived in the country on Friday. In 1984, a Soviet tourist sprinted across the demarcation line from North Korea in a bid to defect, prompting a gun battle that killed and wounded several soldiers from both sides.

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". The attack prompted Washington to fly nuclear-capable B-52 bombers toward the DMZ in an attempt to intimidate North Korea.