The reports of gunfire came two days after the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, reappeared in public after three weeks of absence and rumors about his health.
By Choe Sang-Hun| New York Times |
SEOUL, South Korea — Gunshots fired from North Korea struck a guard post in South Korea on Sunday inside the Demilitarized Zone separating the two countries, and South Korean soldiers fired back, the South’s military said.
There were no casualties reported on the South Korean side, the country’s military said in a brief statement.
The tense, 155-mile border is the most militarized in the world. The South said it was contacting the North through a military hotline to prevent the situation from escalating. It remained unclear why the North fired the shots.
The exchange of gunfire came a day after North Korea reported the first public appearance by the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, in three weeks. Mr. Kim’s absence from public view had spawned a torrent of rumors and unconfirmed news reports that he was gravely ill after having heart surgery. On Sunday, South Korea’s presidential house said it believed Mr. Kim did not have surgery.