South Korea Points Finger at North Korea as Gunfire Breaks Out at Heavily Fortified Border


South Korean officials are blaming their neighbors to the north after gunfire was exchanged briefly over the weekend at the Demilitarized Zone.

Fox News reported that South Korea’s Defense Ministry spokesperson Choi Hyun-soo said the country had demanded North Korean officials explain what happened, but they received no response.

Gunshots from the nuclear hermit state were fired at a South Korean guard tower in the DMZ Sunday, and South Korean guards later returned fire.

No injuries were reported and there was no substantial damage to the guard tower.

The incident reportedly occurred at 7:41 a.m. local time.

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After taking fire, South Korean guards, following protocol, broadcasted a verbal warning before firing off 20 rounds of warning shots.

An official from South Korea told CNN “the military is in the process of identifying situations over the military communication line with the North and preventing any additional situations from occurring.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he believed the initial gunfire from North Korea might have been “accidental.”

“We think those are accidental,” Pompeo told ABC News. “South Koreans did return fire. So far as we can tell, there was no loss of life on either side.”

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ABC reported that after the exchange of gunfire, farmers in the area were going about their business as usual.

According to Fox News, Sunday’s exchange of gunfire was the first at the DMZ since 2017.

During that incident, North Korean troops fired a volley of rounds at a defector and attempted to blame the incident on South Korea.

That person survived and is currently alive and well in South Korea after being shot five times.

Sunday’s incident comes amid weeks of speculation about the health of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, who was reported brain dead by NBC’s Katy Tur last month.

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Other outlets, such as TMZ, reported that Kim had died, but those reports were never corroborated.

Images released over the weekend appeared to show Kim alive and well and walking in public.

A U.S. official speaking to CNN evaluated the images and described them as “legitimate.”

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Johnathan Jones has worked as a reporter, an editor, and producer in radio, television and digital media.
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