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Shooting at the demilitarized zone between the Korean-Korean border

According to the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Joint Forces (JCS), on the morning of 3/5, many gunshots from North Korea hit a guard post in the border town of Cheorwon, Gangwon Province (South Korea). The location was shot inside the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

After the incident, the South Korean military issued a warning and fired back two times, totaling 20 shots. No casualties or damage were reported to South Korea.
South Korean officials said this was a violation of the bilateral military agreement in the Comprehensive Military Agreement signed in September 2018, and called for North Korea to strictly comply with the agreement.

The South Korean military is investigating the incident and also "maintains a necessary readiness". However, the shootings from the North are unlikely to be intentional action, the JCS said.

JCS officials further informed that they did not detect any unusual movements on the other side of the military boundary. The source analyzed: "The situation was quite vague and Korean soldiers often changed shifts at the time."

Despite being called the demilitarized zone and the border between North Korea and South Korea, the DMZ is one of the areas with the most minefields and barbed wire fences in the world.

The last time a similar incident occurred was in November 2017. At that time, the North Korean army opened fire when chasing a defected soldier through the DMZ to South Korea. However, Pyongyang did not fire back.

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