North Korean soldiers violate military demarcation line again, South Korean forces force retreat

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18th June 2024 – (Hong Kong) South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff reported on June 18th that approximately 20 to 30 North Korean soldiers violated the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) in the non-military zone of the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) around 8.30am. The soldiers retreated northward after receiving warnings and gunshots from the South Korean military.

According to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, the area where the North Korean troops violated the military demarcation line on June 18th was different from the area they encroached upon on June 9th.

The tensions between North and South Korea have been escalating in recent weeks. On 3rd June, a South Korean activist group in Seoul tracked the release of balloons carrying anti-North Korean messages into North Korea via surveillance monitors. This act was one of the reasons behind Pyongyang’s retaliatory launch of “faeces balloons.”

The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff announced on the 11th that North Korean personnel had violated the military demarcation line on the South Korean side on June 9th but retreated after the South Korean military issued warnings and fired warning shots.

According to the South Korean military, at around 12.30pm on 9th June, approximately 20 to 30 North Korean soldiers crossed the military demarcation line, coming within a distance of less than 50 meters. Most of them were carrying tools for construction work, and some were armed. After the South Korean military fired warning shots, the North Korean soldiers immediately retreated and moved back towards the north without any further abnormal actions.