Aircraft Carrier Groups Take Part in Joint US- S. Korean Maritime Drills

This image shows three U.S. aircraft carriers

The demilitarized zone between the two countries splits the Korean Peninsula from east to west, and is fortified with landmines, fences and guard posts. A UN Command helicopter removed him from the area and transported him into South Korea for treatment. There was no peace treaty.

From 2012 to 2016, only four North Korean troops are known to have defected to South Korea.

A JCS official quoted by Yonhap news agency said the South's soldiers heard a gunshot and then retrieved the unarmed soldier in the mid-afternoon. South Korea was keeping its "full combat readiness against North Korea's possibility provocations", its military said Monday.

According to the Joint Chiefs of Staff here, South Korean guards were alerted by the sound of gunfire north of the border and found the soldier lying on the ground about 50 m south of the military demarcation line west of Freedom House around 3:30 p.m.

But Trump also hinted he would be willing to start negotiations with North Korea in order to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis. In 1998, a North Korean solider fled to South Korea via Panmunjom.

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Both operations focused on the capacity to quickly unite forces from three strike force groups because of national circumstances. However, Pyongyangs state news agency accused the USA and South Korea of attempting to escalate tensions in the region.

It was not immediately known how serious the soldier's injuries were or why he chose to defect.

The presence of the three-carrier flotilla in Pacific waters is seen as a signal to North Korea that the United States will not be intimidated by Pyongyang's continued testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

Assigned Strike force Units will conduct series of operations in global waters to practice the US Naval force's unique ability to operate different carrier strike groups as a fully coordinated military team.

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 58-year-old man from Louisiana was detained on Monday morning as he attempted to enter the secretive state.