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North Korea soldier shot while defecting

13 Noviembre 2017

A soldier from the Korean People's Army (KPA) has defected to the South at Panmunjom, Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said on Monday.

Any war with North Korea will be an epic struggle, in which millions on the Korean peninsula - both North Korea and South Korea - much of Japan, and large parts of the continental United States would lose millions.

The man, whose identity has not been released while an investigation is underway, reportedly arrived in South Korea three days ago and told investigators he attempted to enter North Korea for "political purposes".

The South Korean leader earlier called for efforts to boost the annual trade between his country and ASEAN countries to US$200 billion in 2020. In 1998, a North Korean solider fled to South Korea via Panmunjom.

The Civilian Control Line, south of the DMZ, was drawn in 1954 to protect military operations in the DMZ.

"A" was detained after a member of the public alerted South Korea's military to his presence in the area.

Meanwhile, the two agreed for Moon to visit Xi in China in December to hold another round of summit talks, while Moon invited Xi to South Korea during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, which falls in February next year, the spokesman said.

South Korean troops found the injured soldier south of the border after hearing sounds of gunfire, a Defence Ministry official said.

The defection comes amid tension between the two Koreas, and between the United States and the North. This makes the area a popular stop for visitors from both sides.

John Bolton, former US Ambassador to the UN, said North Korea would also sell nuclear weapons to aspiring nuclear powers unless the rogue nation was stopped. The American arrived in South Korea on Friday, according to the Yonhap news agency.

President Moon Jae-in and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, formally announced that bilateral ties are back to normal in a summit meeting held on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders meeting in Vietnam.

The JCS said the North Korea military has not shown any unusual movements, but the South has strengthened its alertness posture.

North Korea soldier shot while defecting