Aircraft Carrier Groups Take Part in Joint US- S. Korean Maritime Drills

Three F  A-18E Super Hornets fly in formation over the aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan, USS Theodore Roosevelt, USS Nimitz and their strike groups along with ships from the Republic of Korea Navy as they transit the Western

A North Korean defector has been shot and wounded by his own side after he tried to cross the heavily guarded border into the South.

North Korea has typically accused South Korea of enticing its citizens to defect, something the South denies.

The soldier defected through Panmunjom village, along the Joint Security Area (JSA), which is policed by soldiers from both North Korea and South Korea.

As part of his continuing tour of Asia, Trump met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Monday in Manila to discuss the situation in North Korea.

South Korean soldiers ride on an armored vehicle during a South Korea/United States combined training exercise at the U.S. Army's Rodriguez shooting range in Pocheon, northeast of Seoul, Sep.

According to The New York Times, following a blast of gunfire, South Korean troops found a bleeding North Korean soldier on their side of the border on Monday (13 November).

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

However, Ja said Washington was to blame for escalating tensions and accused the UN Security Council of ignoring "the nuclear war exercises of the United States who is hell bent on bringing catastrophic disaster to humanity". Trump's lengthy trip centered on trade and the North Korean missile and nuclear crisis.

"We sent three of the largest aircraft carriers in the world (to the Korean Peninsula) and a nuclear submarine is also positioned", US President Donald Trump said after his arrival in South Korea last week.

South Korea and the United States were also conducting joint military drills in the East Sea utilizing three US aircraft carriers.

It's the third time this year that a North Korean soldier defected.

The Associated Press contribute to this report.

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