North Korean shot at while defecting to South

If it sounds like an unusual event, that's because it is: A North Korea solider was shot and wounded in the demilitarized zone Monday afternoon while trying to defect to the South.

"Our military has taken in a North Korean soldier after he crossed from a North Korea post towards our Freedom House", Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement, referring to a building on the South side of the village.

Over the decades since the peninsula was divided, dozens of North Korean soldiers have fled to the South through the DMZ, which extends for two kilometers either side of the actual borderline.

In September, South Korea approved a plan to offer US$8 million in humanitarian assistance to North Korea to support infants and pregnant women, amid tensions sparked by North Korea's provocations.

South Korean guards, who were alerted by gunshots, found the North Korean soldier about 55 yards south of Panmunjom, the New York Times reported.

But Trump also hinted he would be willing to start negotiations with North Korea in order to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

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It's unclear what the soldier's conditions are or why he made a decision to defect to the South.

It was not immediately known how serious the soldier's injuries were or why he chose to defect. The majority of defectors travel through China to defect to South Korea, according to Reuters.

South Korean forces have identified him only as "A" and said the man arrived in the country on Friday.

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While in South Korea last week, Trump offered North Korea an opportunity to embrace diplomacy instead of continuing its pursuit of nuclear weapons capable of reaching the mainland U.S.

Trump is at the end of his 12-day tour to Asia where he's meeting with leaders and addressing the denuclearization of North Korea.

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