World War 3: North Korea on FINAL WARNING having broken ceasefire 420,000 times since 1953
North Korea has broken the ceasefire with South Korea “420,000 times” since 1953
A South Korean daily newspaper has demanded that President Moon Jae-in take action when North Korea provokes the country before any “possibility of dialogue disappears”.
The outrage follows the release of CCTV footage which showed North Korean soldiers firing multiple rounds and crossing the demarcation line for the first time since 1984 when chasing a defector.
Despite strict requirements in the area under the UN’s jurisdiction, the North Korean soldiers fired as many as 40 rounds.
The act should be punished as it constitutes a provocation against South Korea and its alliance with the US.
The Korea Joongang Daily has called on President Moon to “demand an apology” from North Korea or take action.
The newspaper claims the video of the defecting soldier shows the South Korean military acting “passively”.
They said: “A bigger problem is our government’s laid-back response. The Ministry of Unification said that North Korea will be held accountable for their actions according to international regulations — as if talking about someone else’s affairs.
“In contrast, UN Command officers strongly protested the North’s clear violations of the 1953 Armistice Agreement. The Blue House went a step further.
“It said the rules of engagement come under the control of the UN Command despite President Moon Jae-in’s remarks about a need for us to fire warning shots.”
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The paper also criticises the time it took for South Korean and US troops to rescue the defector.
The North started to shoot at the defector at 3.15pm but he was only found by South Korean troops at 3.31pm after he fell to the ground and was eventually rescued at 3.55pm.
Also, the commander of the South Korean forces claimed he crawled to rescue the defector while risking his life.
But, the video shows two noncommissioned officers crawling, not the commander.
Pyongyang has rarely apologised for breaching the cease-fire agreement.
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The Korea Joongang Daily added that the North will continue to provoke the South which means the possibility of dialogue will “disappear”.
It comes as North Korea has been re-designated a state sponsor of terrorism, part of Donald Trump’s attempt to scupper the regimes’ attempts to increase its nuclear capabilities amid fears of World War 3.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said: “We still hope for diplomacy and the timing of this is just one of us concluding the process.
“There is a very specific designation progress that we have to go through at the State Department to meet the criteria for the designation.
“We wanted to make sure we had met all those requirements. Again this is all part of us continuing to turn this pressure up.”
CCTV footage shows North Korean soldiers firing multiple rounds and crossing the demarcation line
There are also fears North Korea could be plotting a nuclear strike to hit South Korea during next year’s Winter Olympics, a source revealed.
The South are believed to be considering scrapping a regular military exercise with the US in a bid to calm tensions with their neighbour ahead of the international event.
Local media are reporting an unnamed South Korean presidential office source as saying they believe the joint military efforts could infuriate Kim Jong-un’s corrupt regime.
Tensions between the US and the rogue nation have worsened over the past six months and the concerns of a nuclear confrontation are affecting ticket sales for the international games.
Donald Trump classed North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism
Last week the UN General Assembly approved a resolution calling for all countries to observe a truce during the 2018 Winter Olympics, in the hope to remove the risk of an attack.
Recent missile launches from North Korea have proven the rogue nation can travel further than 7000miles.
With the South Korean games taking place less than 300miles from the North’s capital they would be within easy reach of any potential strike.