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UN Command ‘Unable to Decide’ in DMZ Firing Incident

The UN Command has been “unable to definitively determine” whether North Korean border guards fired intentionally or by mistake at a South Korean guard post in the demilitarized zone in early May.

The UNC in a press release Tuesday said it investigated the incident in which North Korean border guards fired four small-arms rounds into the wall of the guard post across the Military Demarcation Line on the morning of May 3.

The South Korean military earlier claimed the shooting was probably an accident because visibility was poor due to thick fog along the frontline in Gangwon Province and there were no unusual military movements there at the time.

The UNC startled some observers by saying, “Both sides committed Armistice Agreement violations.”

The South Korean Defense Ministry bristled and claimed the findings “were released without an on-site investigation.”

The accusation that South Korea also committed a violation rests on the response with two salvos of gunfire. A UNC spokesman said any “unauthorized” exchange of fire between the two sides across the MDL is technically a violation of the armistice.

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