N. Korea Fires at Anti-Pyongyang Leaflet balloons, Shells Dropped in South

Write : 2014-10-10 18:49:06 Update : 2014-10-11 16:45:57

N. Korea Fires at Anti-Pyongyang Leaflet balloons, Shells Dropped in South

North Korea has fired at anti-North Korea leaflet balloons, dropping a number of shells in South Korea's Yeoncheon, Gyeonggi Province.

The South Korean defense ministry said Friday evening that the North Korean military fired at around 4 p.m. what is presumed to be 14-point-five millimeter anti-aircraft machine guns at the South Korean region where civic groups were sending leaflets towards the North Friday afternoon.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff says the South Korean military has not suffered any damages. 

The shells were known to have dropped at the South's military base near the Civilian Control Line and near a community center in Jung-myeon, Gyeonggi Province.

The South Korean military fired back at North Korea some 40 shells from K-6 machine guns. 

North Korea then fired back at South Korean guard posts (GP) using rifles. The South also returned fire, but no damage was reported as they were not aimed shots.

Following the exchange of fire, the military is closely watching the North Korean military's moves on high alert. The military is also evacuating residents from the region.

Despite the South Korean government's calls for restraint, two civic groups went ahead with a plan to fly anti-North Korean leaflets across the border from South Korea.

On Thursday, North Korea's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland warned that the inter-Korean relations will fall to an irreversible state if South Korean authorities allow leaflet activities.

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