South Korea Fires Warning Shots at North Korean Patrol Near Border


The cat and dog relationship between South Korea and North Korea continues as South Korean soldiers fired warning shots at a patrol from North Korea in order to turn it back from the two sides’ border, a South Korean Defense Ministry official has said Monday. CNN has the report:

About 10 North Korean soldiers approached the Military Demarcation Line around 9:40 a.m. Monday, said the official, who declined to be identified.

“After a warning broadcast, the South Korean side fired about 20 rounds of warning shots,” the official said.

The North Koreans didn’t fire any shots back and retreated from the heavily fortified area — near Paju City, northwest of Seoul — around three hours after the initial confrontation, the official said.

North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency hadn’t published any mention of the incident as of Monday afternoon.

Tensions periodically flare along the line that divides the two Koreas, which technically remain at war from their conflict in the 1950s. They signed a ceasefire but not a formal peace treaty in 1953.

A similar incident, in which the South Korean military fired at North Korean soldiers approaching the border, took place last month, according to the South’s Defense Ministry.