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South Korea fires warning shots at 'intruding' soldiers from North

Iran Press TV

Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:5AM

South Korea says its troops have fired warning shots at North Korean soldiers as the latter briefly crossed into the heavily-armed buffer zone that separates the two neighbors.

According to South's Defense Ministry, the incident, which was the first of its kind so far this year, took place on Saturday after 10 North Korean soldiers violated the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) near Cheorwon, northeast of Seoul.

"The North Korean soldiers were armed and retreated after the warning shots. They didn't fire back," South Korea's Yonhap news agency quoted an unnamed source at the Defense Ministry as saying.

Contrary to its name, the DMZ is one of the most heavily militarized borders in the world, with many watchtowers and landmines.

In the past few months, the land and sea borders between the two countries have seen a number of skirmishes involving exchanges of fire, but with no reported casualties.

In early May, North Korea warned its southern neighbor that it would give a strong response to any incursion into its territorial waters, days after Seoul's naval forces reportedly violated a disputed Yellow Sea border.

Last October, the neighbors agreed to resume a high-level dialogue over their border disputes. However, both sides have since then traded allegations of insincerity.

The Korean Peninsula has been locked in a cycle of military rhetoric since the Korean War, which lasted from 1950 to 1953. No peace deal has been signed since then, meaning that Pyongyang and Seoul technically remain at war.

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