South Korean soldiers ride on the back of a military vehicle in the border city of Paju on Wednesday. (AFP)
SOUTH Korea’s military on Wednesday warned it will make sure that North Korea “pays the price” if it actually takes military action against the South. The Joint Chiefs of Staff statement came hours after North Korea said it will redeploy troops to an inter-Korean industrial park in the western border town of Kaesong and the Mount Kumgang joint tourism zone on the east coast, reported Yonhap news agency. After a series of statements on Tuesday, ratcheting up tensions on the peninsula, the North also blew up an inter-Koran joint liaison office in the western border town of Kaesong.
The North has also said it will restore guard posts removed from the demilitarised Zone separating the two sides and resume all kinds of regular military exercises near the inter-Korean border in an apparent move to abolish a military tension-reduction deal signed in 2018.
“These moves thwart two decades of efforts by South and North Korea to improve inter-Korean relations and to keep peace on the Korean Peninsula. If the North actually takes such a move, it will certainly pay the price for it,” Jeon Dong-Jin, director of operations at the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said. Earlier, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s sister, Kim Yo-Jong, threatened to scrap the deal altogether in anger over anti-Pyongyang leaflets sent across the border by activists here.