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The Second Time this Month that North Korean Troops have Invaded, South Korean Soldiers have Returned Fire in Warning

The military of South Korea claims that for the second time this month, its soldiers have fired warning shots to drive back North Korean soldiers who momentarily stepped across their fiercely guarded land border. For the second time this month, South Korean forces fired warning shots to drive back North Korean soldiers who momentarily violated their fiercely guarded land border on Tuesday, according to the South Korean military. It was thought that none of the intrusions was purposeful.

About 20 to 30 North Korean soldiers were allegedly breaching the military demarcation line, which serves as the border between the two countries in the Demilitarized Zone, while working on construction projects, according to the Joint Heads of Staff of South Korea. The South’s military didn’t observe any suspicious activities after the soldiers withdrew after the South issued warnings and fired warning shots, according to the joint commanders. The South Korean military, which stated it doesn’t think the soldiers intentionally crossed into the South, said the North Korean soldiers might not have known precisely where the boundary was because the region is thick with overgrown trees and vegetation. There was no fire back from the North.

South Korean soldiers fire warning shots after North Korean troops intrude for a 2nd time this month1

The incursion occurs when hostilities are on the rise between the adversaries, who have recently engaged in psychological warfare akin to that of the Cold War and indicated they are no longer constrained by the historic military deal they reached in 2018 to ease tensions. On June 11, when another contingent of North Korean soldiers momentarily breached the border, South Korean troops also fired warning shots. As per the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the invasion on Tuesday took place at a separate location along the central front-line zone.

The tightly guarded Demilitarized Zone, which separates the two Koreas, has periodically been the scene of violent skirmishes and bloodshed between the adversaries. The boundary between the two Koreas is delineated by the military demarcation line inside the DMZ, which stretches 248 kilometers (154 miles) in length and 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) in width. There are an estimated two million mines strewn over the region, which is further fortified on both sides by combat troops, tank traps, and barbed wire barricades. It is a holdover from the Korean War (1950–1953), resolved by an armistice rather than a peace treaty.

The South Korean military has noted an upsurge in North Korean activities near the border, including the planting of land mines, reinforced roadways, and what look to be anti-tank obstacles. The South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff stated that despite many mine-caused explosions that resulted in the deaths or injuries of an indeterminate number of North Korean soldiers, the operation has continued unhindered. According to the joint chiefs, the building may have begun in April to make it more difficult for troops or citizens in North Korea to escape to the South as Pyongyang’s leadership looks to tighten its grip on power. Our military is closely monitoring North Korean military activity in the front-line region to prevent unintentional circumstances, according to a statement from the joint chiefs.

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