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Republic of Korea (ROK) marines practice a combat marksmanship shoot during Exercise Key Resolve/Foal Eagle 2008 at the Rodriguez Live Fire Range in South Korea Feb. 29, 2008. The annual joint exercise between U.S. forces and ROK forces provides training to enhance interoperability and combat readiness. (U.S. Marine photo by Lance Cpl. Gene Ainsworth) (Released)

North Korea orders troops on war footing

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered the front line troops to be on war footing after exchanging fire with the South.

Tensions escalated on Thursday when, according to Seoul, North Korea fired four shells into South Korea after demanding that the South stop playing anti-Pyongyang border broadcasts. The South retaliated by firing 29 shells which led to Pyongyang to accuse Seoul of orchestrating the situation so that they could fire into the North.

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“The fact that both sides’ shells didn’t damage anything means they did not want to spread an armed clash. There is always a chance for war, but that chance is very, very low,” said Yang Moo-jin, professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul told Reuters.

 

The broadcasts were restarted by the South in August as an apparent reaction to two soldiers being injured in the DMZ, for which the North is blamed.

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