And he wants you to know it.
"It is a rare opportunity to train with two aircraft carriers together, and even rarer to be able to train with three", the U.S. Pacific Fleet commander, Navy Adm. Scott Swift, said in a U.S. 7th Fleet release. He then fled across the JSA, with fellow soldiers chasing and firing at him, South Korea's military said, citing unspecified surveillance systems installed in the area.
For his part, Xi repeated his plea for the issue to be resolved through negotiations, saying China was ready to discuss the "pathway leading to enduring peace and stability on the peninsula". He was reportedly in critical condition. "I regret it to my bones that I came out alone".
It marks the first massive joint drills since Seoul and Washington agreed last month to enhance rotational deployments of U.S. strategic assets to curb North Korea's nuclear and missile threats. He has heard nothing since and is now unsure of their exact whereabouts. But Chinese officials have been careful not to publicly encourage such assumptions.
"Currently, the North Korean troops are conducting ordinary field exercises".
It said there was no exchange of gunfire between the two sides in 250-kilometer-long, 4-km-wide DMZ, which is fortified with land mines, fences and guard posts.
South Korea's military said it has strengthened its vigilance and readiness posture in case of a possible military provocation by the North. His personal details and motive for defection are unknown and his exact medical condition is unclear.
Ships from Japan and South Korea joined the exercise, officials said. Defections into China across the Tumen River are far more common.
There was no immediate comment on the incident from North Korea.
"We call those people "express".
Panmunjomis where an armistice was signed to pause the Korean War.
Lee knows the North Korean prison system, spending five years in jail from the age of 16 with his father.
But expectations were muted about whether the visit could move Mr. Kim to negotiate. His helicopter had to turn back because of bad weather.
Lee says his father died while he was in prison. Mr. Liu made no headway then in curbing the North's nuclear weapons expansion.
United Nations Command (UNC) said the soldier had driven close to the heavily-guarded, military demarcation line in a vehicle.
Lee is asking President Trump to intervene, "I've never seen someone give such a speech".
North Korea's KCNA news agency confirmed the visit, but said only that it would take place "soon".
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