North and South Korea exchange gunfire across border at guard post


MAY 3, 2020

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – North and South Korea exchanged gunfire around the South’s guard post early on Sunday, raising tension a day after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ended an almost three-week absence from public life with state media showing him visiting a factory.

In a photo taken on May 28, 2018 the skyline of North Korea is seen behind a rice field and barbed wire fence of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea, on the South Korean island of Gyodong, west of Seoul. – Declaring a formal end to the war will be one of the agenda items when US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader meet next week in Singapore for their unprecedented summit. Despite the fences and watchtowers, residents all along the DMZ have grown indifferent to the propaganda broadcasts and gunfire that punctuate their daily existence – but hope that the diplomatic drive will lead to peace. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP) / TO GO WITH SKorea-NKorea-US-diplomacy,FOCUS by Sunghee Hwang (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

Multiple gunshots were fired from North Korea at 7:41 a.m. local time towards a guard post in South Korea that borders the North, the South’s joint chiefs of staffs said in a statement.

South Korea responded by firing two shots towards North Korea, no injuries were reported.

After weeks of intense speculation about Kim’s health and whereabouts, the country’s official media published photographs and a report on Saturday that Kim had attended the completion of a fertilizer plant, the first report of his appearance since April 11.

Courtesy/Source: Reuters