N. Korean soldier who defected used a vehicle to escape

Mr Turnbull in Hong Kong for a brief official visit after the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam likened North Korea to a criminal syndicate

A North Korean soldier was shot by his fellow troops as he was defecting to the south across the demilitarised zone but still managed to successfully cross the border.

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

The defection came less than a week after President Donald Trump made his first official visit to South Korea amid soaring tensions over the growing nuclear and missile threat from the North.

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.

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

Among issues the North Koreans have raised with her in recent months, DiMaggio said, were everything from Trump's tweet urging Tillerson to give up on diplomacy with North Korea ("Is this a good cop/bad cop that he's doing with Tillerson?") to Trump's decision this fall to decertify Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal forged by his predecessor, Barack Obama.

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. They stand only several meters (yards) away from tall South Korean soldiers wearing aviator sunglasses and standing motionless like statues. The moment they crossed the line, a shooting match erupted and Matuzok was forgotten as the rival troops engaged on the South side of the border. More than a million mines are believed to be buried inside the zone. The attack prompted Washington to fly nuclear-capable B-52 bombers toward the DMZ in an attempt to intimidate North Korea.

Yonhap News Agency said the soldier sustained gunshot wounds to the elbow and shoulder and was transported to hospital by a helicopter of the United Nations Command, which oversees the armistice on the Korean Peninsula. The incident left three North Korean soldiers and one South Korean soldier dead.

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