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South Korea fired warning shots after North Korean soldiers crossed border on Thursday

By Thomson Reuters Jun 20, 2024 | 9:20 PM

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s military fired warning shots after several North Korean soldiers crossed the border on Thursday morning, the Yonhap news agency reported on Friday citing the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

The soldiers retreated immediately after the warning shots were fired, the report said.

They had breached the Military Demarcation Line running through the middle of the demilitarised zone (DMZ), where they were working around 11 a.m. (0200 GMT) on Thursday, South Korea said.

It is at least the third such incident this month. South Korea’s military fired warning shots on Tuesday after dozens of North Korean soldiers breached the demarcation line.

The incident came after Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Pyongyang for the first time in 24 years earlier this week.

(Reporting by Hyunsu Yim; Editing by Christopher Cushing)