South Korea fired warning shots after border incursions at the weekend

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea fired warning shots over the weekend, after some North Korean soldiers briefly stepped across the border. This comes amid a recent increase in tensions following Pyongyang’s launch of trash-carrying balloons into the South.

Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said that the incursion took place at 12:30 p.m. (0330 GMT), on Sunday, when an unknown number of North Korean soldiers in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating two Koreas crossed the military demarcation lines.

The JCS stated that “they headed north immediately following our military’s alert broadcasts and warning shot, and that there were no abnormal movements.”

The incident occurred as the North sent thousands of trash-filled balloons to the South in recent days, including hundreds at the weekend. They called it a reaction to a campaign launched by North Korean defectors who flew balloons with anti-Pyongyang flyers in the opposite direction across the border.

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