N. Korea reportedly laying land mines near landmark bridge
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published: August 24, 2016
SEOUL, South Korea — The U.S.-led United Nations Command on Tuesday accused the North Korean army of planting land mines near a landmark bridge in the heavily militarized border that divides the peninsula.
South Korean officials said the mines were laid last week on the northern side of the Bridge of No Return, which spans the military demarcation line near the truce village of Panmunjom, according to the Yonhap news agency.
The report comes amid heightened tensions after the South confirmed that a high-level North Korean diplomat had defected, prompting concern that Pyongyang would take action to prevent others from fleeing the isolated country. The U.S. and South Korea also began their annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises on Monday, prompting a wave of anger from Pyongyang.
The United Nations Command said it was “aware of the Korean People's Army activity in vicinity of the Bridge of No Return in Panmunjom, but will not speculate as to why the KPA is taking these actions.”