A three-carrier naval force is finishing a multi-day exercise in the Western Pacific, demonstrating the Navy's unique capability to operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated effort, according to Navy officials.
"I've never seen such injuries outside of a textbook in more than 20 years of my career", Lee Cook-jong, the surgeon in charge of the soldier, said at a media briefing. In 1984, a Soviet tourist sprinted across the demarcation line from North Korea in a bid to defect, prompting a gun battle that killed and wounded several soldiers from both sides.
"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.
The soldier took cover behind a South Korean structure in a Joint Security Area (JSA) inside the demilitarised zone between the two Koreas.
The US Embassy in Seoul said it had been made aware about the attempt and was looking into the case.
"There's no big message" intended for North Korea or anyone else, he told reporters in an impromptu exchange in a Pentagon hallway.
But expectations were muted about whether the visit could move Mr. Kim to negotiate.
The last senior Chinese official to visit North Korea, Liu Yunshan, then a member of the elite Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party, appeared with Mr. Kim on the reviewing stand at a military parade in Pyongyang in October 2015.
On Monday, he first drove a military jeep but left the vehicle when one of its wheels fell into a ditch.
The soldier's successful escape makes only the fourth defection by a North Korean soldier through the DMZ in the last three years, the BBC reported.
Ja asked Guterres to circulate the letter to the Security Council and the General Assembly, and also asked him to use his power under Article 99 of the U.N. Charter to bring to the Security Council's attention "the danger being posed by the U.S. nuclear war exercises which are clearly threats to international peace and security".
Violence has broken out in the area in the past.
South Korean and U.S. soldiers, fearing more North Korean fire, later crawled to him to rescue him, the United Nations Command said in a separate statement. That prompted Washington to send nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to intimidate the North before the adversaries pulled back from the brink of conflict.
An official said: "If it is determined that a US citizen has been detained, the US embassy will provide appropriate consular services".
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