North Korea at United Nations warns U.S. carriers are fuelling tensions

North Korea drills and US aircraft carriers

North Korea's United Nations ambassador, Ja Song Nam, said in a letter to Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres that the joint military exercises with South Korea are creating "the worst ever situation prevailing in and around the Korean peninsula".

Seo said that at around 3:14 p.m. on Monday, the JCS spotted three North Korean soldiers moving south of the Panmungak, or the North's main building in the Joint Security Area.

North Korean soldiers shot at the unidentified North Korean soldier when he ran from the guard post at the northern side of the village, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

It's the same border area which was visited by US Secretary of Defense James Mattis less than a month ago. The last time a North Korean soldier defected through there was in 2007 and, before that, in 1998.

The move is considered highly unusual as even defectors from the North rarely cross directly over the border - usually crossing into China first before heading to Seoul - and South Korea's National Intelligence, army and police have launched a joint investigation.

About 30,000 North Koreans have fled to South Korea, mostly via China, since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

He received gunshot wounds to the shoulder and elbow from North Korean forces while defecting.

The four-day simulated exercises, which will go on until Tuesday, 14 November, will include participation from South Korean naval forces as well.

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North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test this year and test-fired a series of advanced missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The defection comes at a time of increased tension on the Korean peninsula, with fears of another highly-provocative missile launch growing.

Seo said it is unclear how long it will take for the soldier to recover, adding that doctors say they will decide in two to three days if he requires another operation.

The JSA is a small strip of land on the border between the Koreas where troops from both sides stand face-to-face.

The 1984 exchange of gunfire happened after North Korean soldiers crossed the border and fired, according to the U.N. Command.

Areas around Panmunjom were the site of bloodshed and defection attempts by North Koreans in the past, but there have been no such incidents in recent years.

North Korea has typically accused South Korea of enticing its citizens to defect, something the South denies. That prompted Washington to send nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to intimidate the North before the adversaries pulled back from the brink of conflict.

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