TOKYO - North Korean troops fired pictures Friday in the course of a South Korean military device across the heavily armed border, prompting return fire, a South Korean military official stated.
The clash took place alongside the demilitarized zone that separates the countries, in remote Gangwon province, northeast of Seoul. No injuries ended up quickly documented.
The intentions of North's photographs, fired at South Korean troops stationed at a guard publish, stay unidentified. But the incident could widen the wedge in between neighbors, who have experimented with in current months - with notable hurdles - to ease hostile relations.
The gunshots came just hrs immediately after Pyongyang threatened to retaliate for Seoul's refusal to hold military-level talks, calling the rejection an "act of treachery," and two weeks ahead of Seoul is set to hold the G-20 summit, a meeting of leaders of the world's 20 most significant economies.
The incident appeared to be the first on-land trade of gunfire since August 2007. But North Korea fired approximately 100 rounds of artillery into the sea off its west coast this summer season, a reaction by U.S.-South Korea joint military exercise routines. And the Korean navies clashed in a greater skirmish in late 2009.
"It really is challenging to say what induced this," Dan Pinkston, a Seoul-dependent expert at the International Crisis Group, said of Friday's gunfire. "It could be a premeditated point right after the South turned down the offer you for [military talks]. It could just be, you might be out there along the DMZ, there is certainly obscene gestures, there is certainly taunting. You're isolated. So, all right, let's squeeze off a couple rounds."
North and South Korea have provoked one another for a long time, firing across the demilitarized zone, capturing fishing boats, carrying out nuclear tests, keeping military drills. But this most up-to-date skirmish presented a jolt of discord on the eve of a reunion for some 100 family members separated since the Korean War ( via washingtonpost.com ).