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North Korean soldier defects to the South at Joint Security Area: JCS

13 November 2017, 10:31 | Justin Tyler

North Korean soldier defects to the South at Joint Security Area: JCS

A South Korean soldier stands guard as a North Korean flag flutters on top of a tower at the propaganda village

The leaders of South Korea and China, moon Jae-In and XI Jinping have agreed on the peaceful settlement of relations with North Korea.

In a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he hoped China would continue implementing sanctions backed by the United Nations against North Korea.

At the meeting, the two countries agreed to deepen their cooperation on North Korea and to hold a trilateral summit with South Korea at the earliest possible date. "Watching your emphasis on achieving xiaokang society, where all the people enjoy comfort and prosperity, I was able to feel the spirit of a leader who deeply thinks about the people", Moon said.

A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea through the Joint Security Area (JSA) in the demilitarized zone Monday, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.


The upshot, according to the authors, is that "South Korea agreed to at least symbolically distance itself from a US-led strategy of containing China".

Xi called it "a new start and a good beginning".

Officials are seeking to resume an annual summit between China, Japan and South Korea, which was scheduled for July but postponed as Beijing and Tokyo locked horns over maritime sovereignty in the East China Sea, and China and South Korea squabbled over THAAD. "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. "Despite South Korea promising to amend its relationship with China, we need to see how Seoul is going to handle the THAAD [issue]".

Tension on the Korean peninsula rose last month as North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump exchanged war-like threats and insults over the North's nuclear and missile development program.



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