SEOUL (AFP) – North Korea’s state media said Saturday high-level talks with Seoul were now all but scrapped over the launch of anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets from the South, which triggered an exchange of fire across the tense border.
The two Koreas had agreed a week earlier to work on resuming a formal high-level dialogue that has effectively been suspended for seven months, raising hopes of a thaw in strained relations.
But the two Koreas traded heavy machine-gun fire across their border Friday, prompted by the North Korean military trying to shoot down balloons carrying the leaflets that activists launched from the South.
Some rounds fell on the Southern side, which then responded with high-calibre machine gun fire. No casualties were reported on the South’s side, and none are believed to have taken place in the North.