South Korean soldier killed in military drill

South Korean soldier watches the north side at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju South Korea. The U.S. intelligence agencies’ assessments of the size of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal have a wide gap between high

South Korean soldier watches the north side at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju South Korea. The U.S. intelligence agencies’ assessments of the size of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal have a wide gap between high

Fears about North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programmes have grown in recent weeks, leading to a promise of "fire and fury" from U.S. President Donald Trump for North Korea if the country continues to threaten the U.S.

After a week of high tensions, Pyongyang also stated leader Kim Jong Unwould "monitor" the United States before taking unprecedented measures against Guam, the location of a key USA air force base.

South Korea remains technically at war with the North after the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice rather than a peace treaty, and it maintains conscription to ensure that it has large numbers of trained soldiers available in the event of conflict.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) says that the Ulchi-Freedom Guardian (UFG) joint military drills slated to begin on Monday will be conducted at a similar scale to past year.

A 27-year-old South Korean soldier was killed and six others wounded Friday in an apparent shooting range accident during a military exercise near North Korean border. The annual drill is slated to begin this week. "That's where we've been, that's where we are right now and that's where we hope to remain", he said.

The incident did not have anything to do with North Korea, said the official, who declined to be identified as he was not authorised to speak to the media.

When asked about how to resolve the North Korean nuclear program, Jeong said he agrees with President Moon's two-phased approach to resolving the standoff, starting with a freeze on North Korea's nuclear and missile development followed by complete dismantlement.

"We want to use diplomacy".

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