South Korea fires warning shots at North Korea troops for violating border

North-South border
North-South border - REUTERS

South Korean soldiers fired warning shots after North Korean troops violated the border earlier this week, according to media reports.

Yonhap news agency reported on Tuesday that North Korean soldiers briefly crossed the heavily fortified border before retreating back to their territory on Sunday.

Seoul’s military said South Korean soldiers fired warning shots at the time.

“Some North Korean soldiers working within the DMZ on the central front briefly crossed the Military Demarcation Line. After our military issued warning broadcasts and warning shots, they retreated northward,” Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

The incident comes amid rising tensions over North Korea’s recent launches of balloons filled with rubbish.

North Korea began sending balloons carrying waste and animal faeces south across the border last month in response to propaganda sent north by South Korean activists.

South Korea resumed loudspeaker broadcasts on Sunday, blaring K-pop music and world news toward the northern side.

Kim Jong-un’s sister warned on Sunday that South Koreans will be constantly “picking up lavatory paper” if Seoul continues to wage “psychological warfare” against North Korea.

Kim Yo-jong threatened further retaliation against South Korea, saying “it will undoubtedly witness the new counteraction of the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] if provocations continue”.