The incident is the third this month and occurred while Russian President Vladimir Putin was visiting Pyongyang.

The South Korean military said it fired warning shots after several North Korean soldiers briefly crossed the border, the third such incident this month.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said the incident occurred on Thursday when North Korean soldiers crossed the Military Demarcation Line that runs through the middle of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) at around 11 am (0200 GMT).

“Following warning broadcasts and warning shots from our military, North Korean soldiers retreated to the north,” the JCS said on Friday.

Similar incidents occurred on Tuesday and June 9th. On both occasions, which Seoul said were accidental, the North Koreans quickly retreated after warning shots.

Nuclear-armed North Korea has sent more troops and equipment to the border since abandoning a 2018 military agreement when South Korea suspended parts of the deal in response to Pyongyang’s successful launch of its first military spy satellite.

According to Seoul, they have expanded tactical roads and placed more landmines, which has caused “casualties” as a result of accidental explosions.

The incident occurred as Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Pyongyang for the first time in 24 years and the two countries signed a mutual defense pact that raised alarm in Seoul, Tokyo and Washington.

On Friday, South Korean Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned the treaty as a serious threat to peace and stability in the region.

South Korea’s Foreign Ministry has summoned Russian Ambassador Georgy Zinoviev to lodge an official protest against the pact, which states that if either side is invaded or placed in a state of war, the other side will provide military and other assistance. with all my strength.” means” at their disposal and “without delay”.

Zinoviev said he told the ministry that threats and blackmail against Russia over its increasingly close ties with North Korea were unacceptable.



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