#AceNewsServices – October 10 – North and South Korean soldiers have exchanged gunfire across their mutual border after gas-filled balloons
‘ Gas-Filled Balloons filled with Propaganda to Denounce Pyongyang Regime ‘
With propaganda leaflets denouncing the Pyongyang regime were floated from the South Korean township of Hapsuri.
At 2 pm local time (0500 GMT) Friday, North Korean border guards sprayed bullets across the border.
South Korean soldiers retaliated and both sides peppered each other with gunfire for some time.
No casualties were reported on either side, yet some residents of Hapsuri had to be evacuated.
Earlier and for the first time in three years, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wasnot on a list of dignitaries at a celebration of the anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers’ Party.
An official state media dispatch listed senior government, military and party officials who paid their respects at an event marking the party’s 69th anniversary, but not Kim.
It said a flower basket with Kim’s name on it was placed before statues of his father and grandfather, both of whom also ruled North Korea. Kim, who is thought to be 31, hasn’t been seen performing his customary public duties in state media since he attended a concert Sept. 3.
He had been walking with a limp and was more overweight than usual in images that aired before that.
An official documentary from late last month described him as dealing with “discomfort,” which led to international speculation that he may be ill. (AP)
Sources: AP – RT – Kyodo – Euronews