North Korean soldier defects to South Korea at truce village

Seoul, Washington start manoeuvers with US aircraft carriers

Three US carriers lead naval drill aimed at North Korea

The exercises come after the US and South Korea in their recent annual meeting on defensive policy agreed to expand the rotational deployment of strategic American military assets such as aircraft carriers, submarines and bombers to the peninsula.

According to the Yonhap news agency, the South Korean military said the soldier suffered a gunshot from North Korean forces while defecting.

A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea through the Joint Security Area (JSA) in the demilitarized zone Monday, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

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"The exercise is aimed at enhancing deterrence against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats and showing off preparedness to fend off any provocative acts by the North", a South Korean defence ministry spokesman said.

Trump continued his tough talk against Pyongyang on Friday in a speech to business leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam, saying that the region's future "must not be held hostage to a dictator's twisted fantasies of violent conquest and nuclear blackmail", referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The South Korean military will join a rare U.S. Navy exercise off the coast of the Korean Peninsula this weekend. The US carriers will also participate in separate exercises with three Japanese destroyers on Sunday, according to Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force. He is on 12-day five-nation Asia trip.

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The last time such drills were held was during the Valiant Shield exercises in 2006 and 2007, which took place off the coast of the US territory of Guam, which hosts two USA military bases and is on the North Korean radar for a potential missile strike.

Amid the USA military shows of strength, North Korea vowed Saturday to defend its "sovereignty and rights to existence and development by keeping a real balance of force with the U.S". And do not try us.The weapons you're acquiring are not making you safer, they are putting your regime in grave danger.

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