The defection came during escalated tensions between the North and the South and almost a week after President Trump visited Seoul for his five-country Asia tour.
Panmunjom, once an obscure farming village inside the 2 1/2-mile-wide Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas, is where an armistice was signed to pause the Korean War.
According to the South Korean military there was no exchange of fire across the border, and the UNC statement stressed that no South Korean or USA forces were harmed.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff says that North Korean security guards fired toward the southern area of the JSA. The last time a North Korean soldier defected through there was in 2007 and, before that, in 1998.
Among issues the North Koreans have raised with her in recent months, DiMaggio said, were everything from Trump's tweet urging Tillerson to give up on diplomacy with North Korea ("Is this a good cop/bad cop that he's doing with Tillerson?") to Trump's decision this fall to decertify Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal forged by his predecessor, Barack Obama. What were they really doing when the defector received multiple gunshots from North Korean guards?
The soldier was airlifted to a hospital south of Seoul after he was found bleeding under a pile of leaves Monday in the truce village of Panmunjom, the only point in the DMZ where both sides come face to face. They stand only several meters (yards) away from tall South Korean soldiers wearing aviator sunglasses and standing motionless like statues. We wonder what our military did even when North Korea made a serious provocation again by violating the decades-old cease-fire agreement in the tense border.
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The most famous incident was in 1976, when two American army officers were killed by ax-wielding North Korean soldiers.
Seo said three North Korean troops and one soldier who were on guard opened fire on the escaping soldier, firing around 40 shots. The attack prompted Washington to fly nuclear-capable B-52 bombers toward the DMZ in an attempt to intimidate North Korea.
The Associated Press contribute to this report.