According to the defense ministry in Seoul, North Korea has begun the process of rebuilding guard posts and stationing heavy weaponry along its border with South Korea. This comes after the two nations withdrew from a significant confidence-building deal that was supposed to prevent a war from breaking out.
The South Korean military was quoted in the media as saying that it had discovered troops from the North repairing camouflaged guard posts that the regime had destroyed as part of a comprehensive military agreement in 2018. This agreement was designed to reduce the likelihood of a confrontation occurring along the heavily armed demilitarized zone (DMZ).
The military of the South Korean government reported that North Korean soldiers had been seen digging trenches at various locations along the border, and that the regime had moved heavy weapons to the region.
Since the end of the Korean War in 1950–1953, the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) has had the effect of dividing the two countries and is considered to be a possible flashpoint in any future confrontation between the two Koreas.
After a recent surge in tensions that was caused by the North’s launch of a spy satellite on Tuesday in defiance of UN sanctions, the neighbors had demolished or disarmed 11 guard posts as part of the 2018 agreement. However, it appears that both parties are ready to abandon the pact.
Following the launch, Seoul announced that it will cancel certain aspects of the agreement and resume aerial monitoring in the vicinity of the border. The North Korean government responded by announcing that it will withdraw from the pact and deploy strong weaponry in the vicinity of the border.
The agreement, which was reached during a period of rapprochement between Moon Jae-in, the president of South Korea at the time, and Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, committed both parties to the destruction of guard posts within one kilometer of the border, the prohibition of military drills and manoeuvres near the land and sea borders, and the establishment of no-fly zones.
Images were supplied to journalists by the South Korean government of Defense on Monday. The images, according to the government, showed North Korean soldiers constructing a temporary guard post and transporting what seemed to be a recoilless rifle, which is a portable anti-vehicle weapon or light artillery piece, to a recently constructed trench.
It was reported by Yonhap news agency that the Ministry of Defense issued a statement that stated, “Our military will closely monitor North Korea’s provocative acts while maintaining full readiness to be able to immediately retaliate to North Korea’s provocations.” This statement was made in light of the stronger joint stance that the Ministry has with the United States.
Due to the fact that they integrate technology that is utilized in long-range ballistic missiles, North Korea has threatened to launch additional satellites, which would be in violation of sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council.
In a statement that was published on Monday by the state-run KCNA news agency, the North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejected the criticism of the satellite launch that was issued by the United States of America and nine other members of the United Nations Security Council.
The launch was described as “a legal and just way to exercise its right to defend itself and thoroughly respond to and precisely monitor… serious military action by the United States of America and its followers,” according to the information provided.
There was a confirmation from South Korean officials that the satellite had entered orbit, and they stated that additional time was required to establish whether or not it was functioning normally. In exchange for North Korean munitions to bolster the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine, there is conjecture that Russia provided scientific assistance to make the launch possible. This assistance may have been provided in exchange for North Korean weapons.