Korean Nations Exchange Warning Shots
(WatchDogReport.org) – On July 27, 1953, an armistice was signed among the United Nations (UN), the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), which ended the armed conflict on the peninsula and divided the two countries at the 38th parallel. However, there’s still an official state of war between North and South Korea, which is why a recent exchange of fire between the two nations is grabbing international headlines.
North and South Korea have exchanged warning shots along their disputed western sea boundary, their militaries said, amid heightened animosities over North Korea’s recent barrage of weapons tests. https://t.co/TDY5NYgLw1
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 24, 2022
The situation comes with the backdrop of North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un’s recent flurry of ballistic missile launches, including one that flew over one of the Japanese islands in early October, causing emergency sirens to sound. Per the country’s official state media in a story published on October 13, Kim was on hand to “guide” tests of cruise missiles meant for the “operation of tactical nukes.”
According to the Republic of Korea (ROK) Joint Chiefs of Staff, a merchant ship from its northern neighbor came across the border of the two countries, which extends into the sea — the Northern Limit Line (NLL). At that point, their defense forces broadcast verbal warnings along with artillery shots. The North’s military claimed it launched 10 rockets after one of the South’s Navy ships was the instigator in the exchange of fire.
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