South Korea Fires Warning Shots as Tensions Rise at DMZ

South Korea's military fired warning shots after North Korean troops briefly crossed the border at the DMZ. The incident follows North Korea's recent launch of trash-filled balloons into the South, heightening tensions. North Korean soldiers retreated following the warning, and no unusual movements have been reported since.

Reuters | Seoul | Updated: 11-06-2024 07:42 IST | Created: 11-06-2024 07:42 IST
South Korea Fires Warning Shots as Tensions Rise at DMZ
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South Korea's military fired warning shots at the weekend after some North Korean soldiers briefly crossed the border, South Korea's military said, amid a recent rise in tension over Pyongyang's launch of balloons carrying trash into the South. The incursion occurred at around 12:30 p.m. (0330 GMT) on Sunday when an unspecified number of North Korean troops in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas breached the military demarcation line, Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said on Tuesday.

"They headed north immediately after our military's warning broadcasts and warning shots, and there were no unusual movements," the JCS said in a statement. The incident came as the North has sent thousands of balloons containing trash in recent days to the South, including hundreds over the weekend, calling it a response to a campaign by North Korean defectors in the South who have flown balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang leaflets in the other direction over the border.

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