North Korean Soldiers Crossing Border Was A Mistake: Seoul After Illegal Entry Reports

South Korea clarified that North Korean soldiers crossing its border was simply 'a mistake', further adding that the 20-odd troops were 'not all armed' and returned promptly after a warning fire. This comes after social media users speculated if Pyongyang made an attempt to breach the border illegally. Tensions between the two neighbors have spiked with Pyongyang sending trash-filled balloons across the border and Seoul resuming its anti-North propaganda.
North Korean soldiers breached the South border

North Korean soldiers breached the South border

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South Korea clarified that North Korean soldiers crossing its border was simply 'a mistake', further adding that the 20-odd troops were 'not all armed' and returned promptly after a warning fire. This comes after social media users speculated if Pyongyang made an attempt to breach the border illegally.
On Tuesday, South Korean military confirmed that it fired warning shots after 20-30 North Korean troops briefly violated the tense border earlier in the week. Tensions between the two neighbors have spiked with Pyongyang sending trash-filled balloons across the border and Seoul resuming its anti-North propaganda.
According to the military statement, at 12:30 PM on Sunday, some North Korean soldiers who were engaged in unspecified work on the northern side of the border crossed the military demarcation line that bisects the two countries. Most of them were carrying construction tools and some of them were armed. The soldiers immediately returned to their territory after South Korea’s military fired warning shots and issued warning broadcasts, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
The 248-kilometer (155-mile) -long, 4-kilometer (2.5-mile) -wide DMZ is the world’s most heavily armed border. An estimated 2 million mines are peppered inside and near the border, which is also guarded by barbed wire fences, tank traps and combat troops on both sides. It’s a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.
North Korea has said its balloon campaign was in response to South Korean activists' launches of their own balloons to drop propaganda leaflets critical of leader Kim Jong Un's authoritarian rule, USB sticks with K-pop songs and South Korean drama shows, and other items in North Korea.
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Yash is a Chief Copy Editor at Times Now with nearly 4 years' experience, mostly covering the US, UK, Europe, Australia, and Canada. He has planned an...View More

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