Shots Fired Between North and South Korea

Shots Fired Between North and South Korea

( – Tensions between North and South Korea escalated over the weekend. North Korean soldiers shot at a South Korean guard post in the heavily-guarded demilitarized zone (DMZ). South Korean soldiers fired back in defense.

South Korea reached out to North Korea through a military hotline in hopes of ending the skirmish and preventing all-out war. No injuries or deaths were reported and the South still doesn’t know why their post was fired upon. 

Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, was asked during an interview on ABC’s This Week about the incident saying the United States thinks the gunfire was accidental. The South Korean government also reported it does not believe the exchange was a result of a direct military order. 

It’s been over 70 years since the divide of the Korean Peninsula, a direct result of the Cold War between the United States and Russia, back in 1945. Between 1945-1948, The Soviet Union set up a communist regime North of the peninsula, forcing the US military to support the Southern part of the area, essentially creating what’s now North and South Korea. 

Since the truce between both countries, the DMZ has been heavily guarded by military personnel on both sides. The last time exchange of gunfire occurred between the two countries was back in 2017 when the North shot at a defector crossing into South Korea.

Without a peace treaty, the war between North and South Korea will continue. 

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