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Monday 18 December 2017

North and South Korea trade shots at border

North Korean and South Korean troops have exchanged fire along their heavily fortified border in the second such shooting in less than 10 days, South Korean officials said.

South Korean soldiers broadcast warnings and fired warning shots at about 10 North Korean soldiers who were approaching the military demarcation line inside the Demilitarised Zone that bisects the Korean Peninsula, according to a statement from South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Two shots believed to have been fired by North Korean soldiers were found at a South Korean guard post, and South Korean soldiers fired toward the North, the statement said.

Propaganda

South Korean defence officials said the North Korean soldiers returned to the North after the shooting lasted for about 10 minutes. There were no reports of casualties.

The two Koreas also traded gunfire along the border on October 10 after South Korean activists floated balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets toward the North. There were no reports of casualties.

North Korea has repeatedly demanded South Korea ban activists from sending leaflets, which often urges North Korean citizens to rise up against leader Kim Jong Un. South Korea has refused, saying activists are exercising freedom of speech.

North Korea has warned it would take unspecified stronger measures if leafleting continues.

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