Louisiana man arrested trying to get into North Korea

Louisiana man arrested trying to get into North Korea

China stands ready to join hands with South Korea to push for the healthy and steady development of bilateral ties, Xi said, as good bilateral ties are in accordance with the trend of history and time, as well as the common expectation of the two peoples.

South Korea's Armed Forces and National Intelligence Service have since launched a joint probe into the matter. He was shot in the shoulder and elbow and was taken to a South Korean hospital, the South's Defense Ministry said.

The leaders also agreed to continue their discussions next month when the South Korean president will make a trip to China for their third bilateral summit, according to Cheong Wa Dae.

Initial reports of the incident suggested the man was trying to break into North Korea "for political purposes", but investigators later revealed that "he had no communist connections".

South Korea supports the Belt and Road Initiative and is willing to actively participate in its implementation, he said, while calling for concerted efforts to resume bilateral high-level exchanges and cooperation in various fields as soon as possible.

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. "Finally, the agreement allows China to frame itself as the responsible power in the region while Trump is on his Asian tour", 38 North analysts Andray Abrahamian and Daewon Son wrote in their piece. Yonhap News agency said Kim's military officials reportedly "cherry-pick" loyal soldiers who are stationed at the DMZ.

Panmunjomis where an armistice was signed to pause the Korean War. More than a million mines are believed to be buried inside the zone.

"Although Beijing failed to prevent South Korea's deployment of THAAD altogether via unilateral sanctions and political pressure, the new agreement got Seoul to publicly state it would abide by three "no's": 1) no additional THAAD deployments in South Korea; 2) no participation in a US-led strategic missile defense system; and 3) no creation of a ROK-US-Japan trilateral military alliance", the article said.

The U.S. Embassy is aware of the report and is looking into it, an official told Stars and Stripes on condition of anonymity in order to discuss the case. The attack prompted Washington to fly nuclear-capable B-52 bombers toward the DMZ in an attempt to intimidate North Korea.

Xi told Moon that China sincerely hopes for the best for the peninsula, and encourages South Korea to resume contact and dialogue with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and restart cooperation for reconciliation.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Da Nang, Vietnam, Nov. 11, 2017.

The Associated Press contribute to this report. The piece posted on the website of Johns Hopkins University's Korea institute notes that Seoul left itself some wiggle room on these "no's".

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