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14 November 2017

A South Korean military spokesman said: "A North Korean soldier defected from a guard post on the North Korea side of the Joint Security Area (JSA) toward our side and our military took him".

He suffered a gunshot wound and is now recovering in a South Korean hospital, the military said.

"Our military has taken in a North Korean soldier after he crossed from a North Korea post towards our Freedom House", the statement said, referring to a building on the South side of the village which is bisected by the border. A UN Command helicopter removed him from the area and transported him into South Korea for treatment.

It's unclear what the soldier's conditions are or why he made a decision to defect to the South.

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As part of his continuing tour of Asia, Trump met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Monday in Manila to discuss the situation in North Korea.

The number of North Koreans defecting to South Korea in the first two-thirds of this year dropped by 13% compared with 2016.

The majority of the defectors flee via China, which has the longest border with North Korea that is easier to cross than the heavily protected DMZ.

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South Korea and the United States were also conducting joint military drills in the East Sea utilizing three USA aircraft carriers.

Ja Song-nam, in a letter addressed to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, stated that the ongoing military drills by the US and South Korea on the peninsula have confirmed that the country's decision to pursue nuclear weapons was the right one.

North Korea has this year been boosting its nuclear and missile capacity with a series of tests as it faces off with U.S. President Donald Trump who has vowed to stop it from being able to hit the mainland United States with a nuclear weapon.

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US Navy to run rare 3-carrier military exercise in Pacific