North Korea Says US Actions Justify Use Of Nuclear Weapons

by Garry Watts November 23, 2017, 0:19
North Korea Says US Actions Justify Use Of Nuclear Weapons

The border is near, South Korea just beyond it.

A North Korean soldier, whose identity has not been revealed, has regained consciousness. This constitutes a violation of the armistice agreement that the two sides signed at the end of the Korean War in 1953.

The jeep that he drove is seen driving along a road in North Korea and across what is known as the "72-hour Bridge" before barreling through the Joint Security Area, the only part of the DMZ where North and South Korean soldiers face each other.

The soldier was shot five times by his own comrades, who used handguns and AK rifles to fire about 40 rounds at him.

Gen. Vincent Brooks, the commander of U.S. Forces in Korea and the head of U.N. Command, said the service members on the southern side "took appropriate actions" during the incident to de-escalate tensions and prevent anyone being killed.

"He is fine", lead surgeon Lee Cook-Jong said at a press conference in Suwon. "He is not going to die".

"Today's sanctions target third-country persons with long-standing commercial ties to North Korea, as well as the transportation networks that facilitate North Korea's revenue generation and operations", said the U.S. Treasury in a statement on its website. In 1984, North Korean and UN Command soldiers traded shots when a Soviet citizen defected by sprinting to the South Korean sector of Panmunjom.

UN Command spokesman Colonel Chad Carroll said one of the North Korean border guards also physically crossed the border "for a few seconds" in pursuit of the defecting soldier.

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The White House has said it will not tolerate the North's testing or deployment of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to United States cities.

Video footage from a North Korean defector's escape shows North Korean soldiers violating the UN Armistice Agreement.

For several minutes the driver appears to try to free the vehicle, but the wheels spin uselessly in fallen leaves. Though the agreement resulted in ceasefire, the two countries are technically still at war, and South Korea has accused the North of violating the agreement numerous times over the years.

Just meters from the South, he was pulled to safety by South Korean troops, who crawled to reach him.

The surgeon said he believed the soldier left North Korea of his own volition, but did not offer any more insight into the man's motivation for making the unsafe escape.

The man, who is believed to be a staff sergeant aged in his mid-20s, has undergone multiple surgeries in a South Korean hospital and will undergo tests for PTSD.

Surprisingly, North and South Korean soldiers did not exchange fire in the first shooting in the area in more than three decades.


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