North Korea and South Korea exchange fire at the border: Seoul

SEOUL: North Korea fired multiple shots southward into the demilitarized zone that divides the peninsula on Sunday, prompting South Korean troops to respond, Seoul said.

The rare exchange of fire comes after the reappearance a day earlier of the North Korean leader after an almost three-week absence from the public eye that sparked intense speculation about his health.

A South Korean guard post was hit by several shots from the north, the joint chief of staff (JCS) said in a statement, adding that no victims were reported on the south side.

Our army responded with two shots and a warning announcement according to our manual, Seoul said.

The JCS added that it was communicating with the North through its military hotline to determine the cause of the incident.

The two Koreas remain technically at war after the Korean War ended with an armistice in 1953, and despite its name, the Demilitarized Zone is one of the most fortified places on earth, filled with minefields and chain-link fences. spikes.

Relieving military tensions on his border was one of the agreements reached between Kim and the southern president at a summit in Pyongyang in September 2018.

But most of the agreements have not been implemented by the North, and Pyongyang largely cut off contact with Seoul.