Pentagon: US Nuclear Forces Ready to Deter All Adversaries including N. Korea

Elias Hubbard
May 29, 2020

There were no known casualties on either side.

US-led negotiations aimed at dismantling North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes have made little progress since late previous year, especially after a global battle on the virus began.

A multinational UNC special investigation team concluded troops from both sides violated the agreement on May 3.

The probe was launched shortly after the incident by the U.N. Command, which is led by Gen. Robert Abrams, who also commands U.S. Forces Korea, and is in charge of enforcing the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War in lieu of a peace treaty.

But the investigation was "unable to definitively determine" whether the North's gunshots were fired "intentionally or by mistake", the UNC said.

South Korean officials earlier said they fired warning shots towards North Korea after four bullets fired by the North hit one of its front-line guard posts.

Amid stalled denuclearisation talks with the United States, the meeting discussed measures to bolster North Korea's armed forces and "reliably contain the persistent big or small military threats from the hostile forces", state news agency KCNA said.

North Korea says it has no confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, but South Korea's intelligence agency has said it can not rule out that the North has had an outbreak.

The South Korean defence ministry expressed regret that the UN Command reached the conclusion without investigating North Korea, which Seoul says fired first.

The U.N. Command said the terms of the armistice agreement are in place to minimize the risk of incidents such as gunfire exchange.

The border is lined with barbed wire fences and filled with land mines with tens of thousands of combat troops on both sides.

Gunfire exchanges inside the DMZ are not unusual, but no deadly clashes have occurred in recent years. Regrettably, these steps have not been reciprocated in a substantive way by the US side.

"But ultimately, the North Koreans, if they want to re-enter the world, if they want to have a great economy, we hope they do, they are going to have to give up their nuclear program", the official added.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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