Korea, warning shots and fears of escalation on the border between South and North

Korea, warning shots and fears of escalation on the border between South and North

New episodes of tension in Korea. South Korea’s military said it fired warning shots to repel North Korean soldiers who temporarily crossed the land border yesterday for the third time this month. The intrusions are likely linked to the large number of troops North Korea has deployed in frontline areas to strengthen its side of the border, perhaps to prevent civilians and soldiers from defecting to the South, as Pyongyang’s leadership continues to reinforce control over the population. Meanwhile, a group of activists said they had launched more balloons with propaganda leaflets against North Korea, continuing a campaign that exacerbated animosities between the rivals and provoked the resurgence of Cold War-style psychological warfare throughout their lockdown.

Meanwhile, South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Hong Kyun also summoned Russian Ambassador Georgy Zinoviev to Seoul to protest the agreement signed two days ago between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean President Kim Jong Un, calling on Moscow to immediately end alleged military cooperation with Pyongyang. The South Korean vice minister stressed that any cooperation that directly or indirectly helps the North build its military capabilities would violate UN Security Council resolutions and pose a threat to the South’s security, and warned of the consequences for South Korean relations. Seoul with Moscow. Zinoviev – according to the South Korean ministry – responded that he would convey Seoul’s concerns to his superiors in Moscow.

Source: IL Tempo

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