Korea soldier shot six times as he defected to South

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The man, 58, identified only as "A", was arrested by South Korea's military after crossing the Civilian Control Line, a restricted border area near the demilitarized zone, or DMZ, that formally separates the two Koreas.

The JSA is jointly overseen by the American-led U.N. Command and by North Korea, with South Korean and North Korean border guards facing each other only meters (feet) apart. If [the South Korean government] tries to make it look like China acquiesced, the Chinese government will have no choice but to bring up the issue again.

The soldier had defected from a North Korean guard post nearby.

Roh said no South Korean or US soldiers were wounded during the incident and the defense ministry official said North Korea's military was not showing any unusual movements on Tuesday. "Xi said that South Korea-China relations are at a critical point and that the two countries must respect their key interests and their grave concerns, safeguard reciprocal trust in political affairs and strengthen communication and cooperation", China's Foreign Ministry reported.

North Korea has in the past complained that North Korean defectors had been abducted by South Korea, and it has demanded their release.

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No tourists were in the Joint Security Area at the time because tours do not run on Mondays, a spokesman for United States Forces Korea, which approves the visits, said.

After being shot, he took cover near a building on the southern side of the JSA before South Korean and American troops came to his aid.

"Currently, there are no unusual signs in the North Korean military, but we are increasing alertness against the possibility of North Korean provocations", officials told Yonhap News Agency.

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 Joint Security Area was the site of some bloodshed during the Cold War but there hasn't been major violence there in recent years. In September the North carried out its sixth and largest nuclear test, of what it described as a hydrogen bomb. The incident left three North Korean soldiers and one South Korean soldier dead.

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