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North Korean soldier defects to the South at Joint Security Area: JCS

North Korean soldier defects to the South at Joint Security Area: JCS

A North Korean soldier on Monday defected to South Korea via the truce village of Panmunjeom, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

But it was not diplomatically appropriate for a senior presidential secretary on the economy to deny Seoul's support for an idea that had been included in a joint press statement after the summit just two days earlier. Seoul was too engrossed with the Thaad issue that it neglected the bigger discussion of the North Korean nuclear problem.

"All units and government organs this morning were instructed to submit new documents detailing their tracking of itinerant residents under their remit and Ministry of State Security and MPS personnel are initiating joint surveillance of residents known to frequently move to different regions for work", the source continued.

The wounded soldier was evacuated by a UN helicopter and transferred to a hospital for treatment.

During Saturday's summit, Moon and Xi also agreed to quickly normalize bilateral exchanges in all sectors, Yoon added, repeating what was said in the agreement announced last month when the two countries agreed to end a year-long standoff over the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system.

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

According to Star and Stripes, South Korean investigators initially believed that "A" was attempting to enter North Korea for "political purposes".

He said: "My preferred outcome is to reunite the two Koreas". North Korea has typically accused South Korea of enticing its citizens to defect, something the South denies. This makes the area a popular stop for visitors from both sides.

American troops would find themselves badly outnumbered and at risk of defeat if war suddenly broke out with North Korea. The incident left three North Korean soldiers and one South Korean soldier dead. The American arrived in South Korea on Friday, according to the Yonhap news agency.

"He crossed from a North Korea post towards our Freedom House [a building on the South Korean side of the border]", the statement said.