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South Korea stated that it fired warning shots in response to North Korean soldiers crossing the border

South Korea’s military recently reported that they fired warning shots after soldiers from North Korea briefly crossed the border at the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two countries.

The incident occurred around 12:30 pm on Sunday, with a group of North Korean soldiers crossing over the Military Demarcation Line within the DMZ, as per Yonhap news agency, citing a statement from the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). In response, South Korean soldiers issued warnings and fired into the air, prompting the North Korean soldiers to retreat to their side of the heavily fortified border.

This incident comes amidst escalating tensions between the two Koreas, following North Korea’s act of sending over 1,000 balloons filled with rubbish across the border, and South Korea’s decision to resume propaganda broadcasts that had been halted in 2018.

Kim Yo Jong, the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, expressed concerns that the broadcasts could lead to a “crisis of confrontation,” emphasizing the sensitivity of North Korea to South Korea’s loudspeaker broadcasts.

North Korea perceives such messaging as a threat to the morale of its front-line troops and residents, potentially undermining Kim Jong Un’s authority.

In the past, when South Korea resumed such broadcasts in 2015 after a prolonged pause, North Korea responded by firing artillery rounds across the border, prompting South Korea to retaliate. Fortunately, there were no reported casualties in that incident.

Following the recent warning shots fired on Sunday, the JCS confirmed that there was no unusual activity, and both sets of soldiers returned to their respective sides of the border, momentarily diffusing the situation.

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