Shot North Korean defector suffered massive internal injuries - surgeon

Shot North Korean defector suffered massive internal injuries - surgeon
Shot North Korean defector suffered massive internal injuries - surgeon
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15 Noviembre, 2017

Trump, who is on the final leg of his crucial Asia tour, made North Korea a top priority in his 12-day-long trip. His personal details and motive for defection are unknown and his exact medical condition is unclear. But the Ajou University Medical Center near Seoul said the soldier was relying on a breathing machine after the surgery removed the bullets. He then fled across the JSA, with fellow soldiers chasing and firing at him, South Korea's military said, citing unspecified surveillance systems installed in the area.

Seoul's military said in a statement that the exercises aim to enhance the combined U.S. and South Korean operational and aerial strike capabilities and to display "strong will and firm military readiness to defeat any provocation by North Korea with dominant force in the event of crisis".

The exercise is the first time three carrier strike groups have operated together in the Western Pacific since exercises Valiant Shield 2006 and 2007 off the coast of Guam, according to Navy officials. Yonhap News agency said Kim's military officials reportedly "cherry-pick" loyal soldiers who are stationed at the DMZ.

Photo Liu Yunshan, left, a senior Chinese official, with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, in Pyongyang, North Korea, in 2015.

Two American soldiers also were killed in the DMZ by ax-wielding North Korean soldiers in a 1976 brawl over an attempt to trim a poplar tree.

The area is a popular place for tourists and visiting officials, not least because once inside the blue meeting huts that straddle the border, visitors can technically cross the line, although soldiers guard the doors out to the other side.

The North Korean soldier who was shot while defecting to South Korea on Monday suffered massive internal damage, the surgeon leading his treatment said on Wednesday.

In 1984, North Korean and U.N. Command soldiers traded gunfire after a Soviet citizen defected by sprinting to the South Korean sector of the truce village.

Ja asked Guterres to bring to the attention of the 15-member council - under the rarely used Article 99 of the UN Charter - "the danger being posed by the US nuclear war exercises, which are clearly threats to international peace and security".

South Korean military said there was no armed conflict after the incident, but they are "increasing alertness" for a possible provocation from North Korea.

The soldier's successful escape makes only the fourth defection by a North Korean soldier through the DMZ in the last three years, the BBC reported.


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