Friday, October 29, 2010

North, South Korea trade gunfire across tense border

Oh can you just feel the restraint.

Christian Science Monitor
North and South Korean troops exchanged gunfire Friday evening in a remote mountain region about 70 miles northeast of Seoul, South Korean defense officials reported.

South Korea's joint chiefs of staff charged North Korean forces with "launching the first shots" at a South Korean guard post just below the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that has divided the Korean peninsula since the end of the Korean War in July 1953.

A South Korean defense official said South Korean soldiers had fired three shots back across the DMZ "under the rules of engagement."

The shootout was the first such flare-up on land in two years, but North and South Korean warships clashed in the west or Yellow Sea on several occasions before the South Korean Cheonan warship was torpedoed in March.

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