South Korea let loose with machine gun fire Tuesday as an unidentified North Korean object crossed the border, according to the South Korean military.
South Korea’s military responded to the perceived provocation with 90 rounds from K-3 machine guns, reports the Korea Herald. The object crossed the demilitarized zone (DMZ) near Cheorwon County, Gangwon Province. The object was caught on radar.
Warning broadcasts were sent out three times to the North Koreans.
“We have yet to verify the vehicle. The analysis is ongoing. The military has beefed up our anti-air surveillance and maintained readiness posture,” South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters.
North Korea is believed to have at least 1,000 drones in its arsenal, but the South Korean military has yet to determine whether or not the object was an unmanned aerial vehicle. North Korea has sent drones into South Korean territory in the past, and while most were shot down or rebelled by warning shots, some have slipped past defenses.
South Korea forced a detected North Korea drone to retreat after firing on it early last year.
South Korea’s defense procurement agency revealed last September that the country plans to acquire precision weaponry to track, target, and eliminate small aircraft.
North Korea has launched 11 missile tests this year, and some observers suspect additional provocations are in store for the coming days.
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