North And South Korea Exchange Border Gunfire

Friday, October 29, 2010
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden

Months of total quiet on the geopolitical front, and then we have bomb threats, a French aircraft carrier joining the US fleet in the Persian Gulf (we have no idea where it will fit), evacuated cars, and now Korean gunfire. Only thing missing is a mushroom cloud (either real or holographic) emanating from one of Iran’s nuclear power plants.

From the Telegraph:

North and South Korea troops have exchanged fire at the tense border between the two neighbours, an official said on Friday.

The exchange of fire in the Demilitarised Zone highlights the security problems faced by Seoul as it prepares to host the G20 economic summit next month.

There were no South Korean injuries and it was unclear whether it was an accident or an intentional provocation, said the official, who asked not to be named.

The firing of the 14.5-mm rounds came hours after North Korea criticised the South for rejecting a proposal to hold military talks and vowed to retaliate.

Despite the incident, previously arranged reunions of hundreds of families separated by the Korean War will go ahead on Saturday in the North as scheduled, South Korean Unification Ministry spokesman Chun Hae-sung said.

The spike in tensions ysterday came two weeks ahead of a global economic summit in Seoul to be attended by President Barack Obama and other leaders.

Last week, the North’s military proposed holding talks with South Korea over anti-North Korean leafletting by South Korean activists and other South Korean propaganda activities, the North’s military said in a statement on Friday carried by the country’s official Korean Central News Agency.

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