North and South Korean troops fire at each other across the DMZ: South Korea

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North and South Korean troops exchanged small arms fire in the demilitarized zone on May 3.

Citing a statement from the South Korean joint chiefs of staff, the Korea Herald reports North Korea fired first but inflicted no casualties on South Korean forces.

According to the Yonhap News Agency, North Korean troops fired multiple shots at a South Korean outpost early in the morning, while the garrison returned two shots.

The South Korean military states North Korea apparently fired "unintentionally."

The state-funded news agency cites the military as saying the morning's fog would have obscured firing targets.

Additionally, the ground occupied by North Korean troops offered no tactical advantage over the outpost.

The 155-mile or 250-km-long DMZ is heavily defended by mines, fences and guard posts, and rates as the world's most militarized border.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. North Korean troops reportedly initiated the exchange by opening fire at border outpost
2. South Korean soldiers returned two shots and took no casualties
3. North Korea reportedly opened fire unintentionally
4. The demilitarized zone is considered the world's most heavily armed border

VOICEOVER (in English):
"North and South Korean troops exchanged small arms fire in the demilitarized zone on May 3."

"Citing a statement from the South Korean joint chiefs of staff, the Korea Herald reports North Korea fired first but inflicted no casualties on South Korean forces."

"According to the Yonhap News Agency, North Korean troops fired multiple shots at a South Korean outpost early in the morning, while the garrison returned two shots."

"The South Korean military states North Korea apparently fired, quote, 'unintentionally.'"

"The state-funded news agency cites the military as saying the morning's fog would have obscured firing targets."

"Additionally, the ground occupied by North Korean troops offered no tactical advantage over the outpost."

"The 155-mile or 250-km-long DMZ is heavily defended by mines, fences and guard posts, and rates as the world's most militarized border."

SOURCES: The Korea Herald, Yonhap News Agency, The New York Times http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20200503000176
https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20200503002451325
https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20200503003551315
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/05/03/asia-pacific/south-korea-gunshots-north-korea-guard-post/#.Xq9ksEYzY2w
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/02/world/asia/South-Korea-North-Gunfire-DMZ.html