North Korea today fired more than 130 artillery rounds into the sea as a “warning” signal after detecting South Korean military exercises on the border. The information is from the Reuters agency.
“The enemy must immediately cease military actions that cause tensions to escalate in areas close to the front lines where visual surveillance is possible,” a spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army was quoted as saying by the state news agency. KCNA.
In the statement, the spokesman adds that North Korea will respond firmly and with “overwhelming military action” to any provocation. “We have sternly warned the enemy not to provoke an unnecessary escalation of tension along the front lines.”
Some of the projectiles launched today reached a safe zone close to the maritime border, in what Seoul said was a violation of the 2018 inter-Korean agreement to reduce tensions between the countries.
South Korean exercises at the border. South Korea and the United States held a joint shooting exercise on land near the border in Cheorwon County this week. The exercise should continue until tomorrow (6).
The North criticizes the joint exercises and says they are proof of a “hostile policy” by Washington and Seoul.
The two countries have stepped up joint military exercises this year, citing the need to stop the advance of a nuclear-armed North Korea — the country has resumed testing its long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles for the first time since 2017, and has made preparations to resume nuclear testing.
Talks between North and South Korea have been stalled for months, but recent drills and demonstrations of force along the border have cast doubt on the future of new deals.