North and South Korea Fire Warning Shots at Each Other
(StraightNews.org) – Since the end of the Korean War in the 1950s, tensions have ebbed and flowed between North and South Korea. Recently, though, North Korea has carried out numerous missile tests, making many nearby countries nervous about potential aggression from dictator Kim Jong-un. Now, the two nations sharing a peninsula have fired warning shots at each other after a crossing of boundaries.
On Monday, October 24, North and South Korea both fired warning shots near the Northern Limit Line off their western coast. The southern nation accused its neighbor of sending a merchant vessel across the sea boundary at 3:42 a.m., leading them to fire the first shots. However, the northern country said it had to shoot off 10 artillery rounds to push back southern forces when “naval enemy movement was detected,” according to the Associated Press.
North and South Korea exchanged warning shots off the west coast. The countries accused each other of breaching their maritime borders amid heightened military tension https://t.co/TKlLWx1fXH pic.twitter.com/ak0f24IVqB
— Reuters (@Reuters) October 24, 2022
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff also announced the shots from the North violated a 2018 pact designed to reduce tension between the nations and create a more stable region.
This firing exchange also occurred as South Korea conducts its annual military exercises off its west coast. In the coming days, the US military will join in for some of these drills, including sending F-35 fighters into the sky to help increase combat readiness and joint operation abilities between the two forces moving forward.
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