State media said on Tuesday that if defector groups continue to carry out campaign to send propaganda leaflets to the border, North Korean troops will re-enter the non-military border area where an agreement a peace agreement was reached between the two countries.
The General Staff of the Korean People’s Army said it was studying an “action plan” to re-enter the area demilitarized under the 2018 Korea-ROK agreement and “turn the frontline into a fortress”.
In a statement issued by the official KCNA news agency, the People’s Army said: “Our army will quickly and thoroughly implement any decisions and orders of the party and the government.”
Tensions across the border have increased, flyers are usually sent across the border via balloons, carrying messages criticizing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and Pyongyang threatened to sever ties with South Korea and take retaliatory measures.
Seoul’s Ministry of Defense asked Pyongyang to comply with the 2018 agreement. Both parties promised to end “all hostilities” and demolished many buildings along the highly strengthened demilitarized zone between the two countries.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Choi Hyun-soo said in the briefing: “We are taking the situation seriously.” “Our military is always ready to respond to any situation.”
Several defector-led groups crossed the border to distribute leaflets, along with food, one-dollar bills, mini radios, and USB sticks, which contained South Korean dramas and news, and said it will continue their campaign despite North Korean threats and South Korea’s said that it would take legal action.
South Korea stated that the defectors’ actions exacerbated cross-border tensions, which posed a risk to residents living near the border, and caused environmental damage. According to the 2018 agreement, cross-border distribution of leaflets is also prohibited.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged Pyongyang to maintain the peace agreement reached by the leaders of the two countries and resume talks.