Panmunjom, once an obscure farming village inside the 2 1/2-mile-wide Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas, is where an armistice was signed to pause the Korean War.
But the wheels of the car got stuck in a ditch. Seo said three North Korean troops and one soldier who were on guard opened fire on the escaping soldier, firing around 40 shots.
Lee says those who plan to go to South Korea rather than settle in China are punished more harshly by North Korea. The attack prompted Washington to fly nuclear-capable B-52 bombers toward the DMZ in an attempt to intimidate North Korea. Almost 20 minutes later, a southern soldier was able to crawl to the site and drag him to safety.
Ja accused the U.N. Security Council in Monday's letter of repeatedly "turning a blind eye to the nuclear war exercises of the United States, who is hell bent on bringing a catastrophic disaster to humanity".
Lee Cook-jong, the surgeon in charge of the soldier's care at the Ajou University Hospital, told reporters he was suffering from critical intestinal damage. More surgeries were expected in coming days.
South Korea's military said he suffered injuries in his internal organs but wasn't in a life-threatening condition.
North Korea has in the past complained that North Korean defectors had been abducted by South Korea, and it has demanded their release.
The exercise features the aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz, and USS Theodore Roosevelt and includes air defense drills, sea surveillance, replenishments at sea, defensive air combat training, close-in coordinated maneuvers and other training, Navy officials said.
He also referenced Trump's September speech to the U.N. General Assembly in which the president said that if the U.S.is "forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea".
Soon after his arrival in South Korea, the soldier was taken to the hospital for treatment.
U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis insisted on Monday that the carrier manoeuvrs are not extraordinary.
Increased border controls by both North Korea and China are thought to be the primary reason for the drop.
Vice President Mike Pence visited the area in September, warning Pyongyang not to test the United States' "strength and resolve".
The Joint Security Area was the site of some bloodshed during the Cold War but there hasn't been major violence there in recent years. His helicopter had to turn back because of bad weather.