South Korea Sends Protest Note After North Korea Shoots Its Guard

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An unexpected fire exchange between North and South Korean troops will have consequences. 

The conflict in the Demilitarized Zone took place just several hours after Kim Jong Un made his first appearance in three weeks, South Korea reported on May 3rd. The guards on the North Korean side fired several bullets, hitting one of the South Korean front-line guards. The South Korean side responded with 20 rounds of warning shots. There were no known casualties.

On May 4th Defense Ministry spokeswoman Choi Hyun-soo announced that South Korea sent a message of strong protest and urged North Korea to explain the shooting and avoid similar incidents. They have not received any response yet, reports the Associated Press.

It was the first shooting inside the Demilitarized Zone in almost 2.5 years, and The United Nations Command is currently investigating if it was was a violation of a Korean War armistice. 

Meanwhile, the South Korean military officials and the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that the gunfire was most likely accidental, and not a deliberate provocation. 

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