November 28, 2023 09:40
North Korea has redeployed troops and weapons at guard posts along the border since the two Koreas scrapped a 2018 military agreement last week.
The South Korean military published photos taken with thermal imaging cameras that shows activity at a North Korean guard post on the eastern front that was vacated under the cross-border agreement.
"The situation is similar at other North Korean guard posts that were either demolished or emptied," a military spokesman here said.
North Korea demolished a dozen guard posts in the early days after the agreement and left others intact but empty.
North Korea has also reopened coastal artillery positions, though that is nothing new, since the North violated the agreement almost daily by opening them 3,400 times along the West Sea border.
The agreement finally hit the scrap heap last week when South Korea scrapped a no-fly zone to resume surveillance flights after North Korea launched a spy satellite. The North then announced it was scrapping the whole moribund deal, saying it will resume all "military measures" suspended under the agreement.
President Yoon Suk-yeol has been briefed by Defense Minister Shin Won-sik and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Kim Myung-soo about the situation. "Keep a vigilant watch on the situation and maintain strong military preparedness," presidential spokesman Lee Do-woon quoted Yoon as saying.
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