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Seoul: N. Koreans fired 40 shots at defector, hit him with 5

Seoul: N. Koreans fired 40 shots at defector, hit him with 5 Seoul: N. Koreans fired 40 shots at defector, hit him with 5
Theresa Hayes | 14 November, 2017, 10:33

Special Representative for North Korea Policy Joseph Yun will meet with South Korean and worldwide officials, according to the U.S. State Department, although there is no indication his visit will include talks with the North.

The soldier defected through Panmunjom village, along the Joint Security Area (JSA), which is policed by soldiers from both North Korea and South Korea.

An official with the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said the North's border guards fired at least 40 rounds.

"But our military is keeping a full readiness posture against the possibility of North Korea's provocations", a military official said in a briefing. Yonhap News agency said Kim's military officials reportedly "cherry-pick" loyal soldiers who are stationed at the DMZ. South Korea did not fire on the soldier who defected, according to its military.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in held talks with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev Tuesday and agreed to further develop their countries' economic cooperation and step up efforts to peacefully denuclearize North Korea.

It's the first time since a 2007 exercise near Guam that three U.S. carrier strike groups are operating together in the Western Pacific, according to the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet.

The leaders of South Korea and China on Saturday reaffirmed their joint efforts to peacefully resolve North Korea's nuclear problem in a summit highlighting the recent normalization of bilateral ties estranged by the deployment of a USA missile defense system in South Korea. They stand only several yards away from tall South Korean soldiers wearing aviator sunglasses and standing motionless like statues. More than a million mines are buried inside the zone.

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.

Trump is at the end of his 12-day tour to Asia where he's meeting with leaders and addressing the denuclearization of North Korea.

The incident, which happened in broad daylight around 4:00pm, comes at a time of heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula over the North's nuclear weapons programme.

The Associated Press contribute to this report.