Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

A step forward as China 'special envoy' to travel to North Korea

A step forward as China 'special envoy' to travel to North Korea

"Our military has taken in a North Korean soldier after he crossed from a North Korea post towards our Freedom House", Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement, referring to a building on the South side of the village which is bisected by the borderline.

The photos below show the JSA border area dividing the South and North, and the small bridge connecting the two sides called the Bridge of No Return.

The JCS official said the soldier had regained consciousness but declined comment on whether his injuries were life-threatening. The DMZ, created at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, serves as a de facto border between the Koreas. South Korean troops didn't fire at the North, he said.

South Korean soldiers caught the man, about 59 and from Louisiana, entering a civilian-controlled area just south of the 4-kilometer (2 1/2-mile) -wide Demilitarized Zone without a special government approval on Monday.

At the time of the defection, the soldier was clad in the Korean People's Army uniform with no weapon, he added. Jointly controlled by the American-led U.N. Command and North Korea, the DMZ is guarded on both sides by hundreds of thousands of combat-ready troops, razor-wire fences and tank traps.

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Over the decades since the peninsula was divided, dozens of North Korean soldiers have fled to the South through the heavily fortified Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) along the rest of the border.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea said Wednesday it will deport an American man detained for allegedly attempting to cross the mine-strewn border into North Korea.

On Donald Trump's recent trip to South Korea, the United States president toned down his rhetoric and urged North Korea to come to the table and "make a deal". They stand only several meters (yards) away from tall South Korean soldiers wearing aviator sunglasses standing motionless like statues.

The most famous incident was in 1976, when two American army officers were killed by ax-wielding North Korean soldiers. A U.N. Command helicopter later transported him to the Ajou medical center, according to South Korean officials.

About 30,000 North Koreans have fled the country since the Korean War ended in 1953.

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