The Courier-Mail

Landmines inflame Koreas


SEOUL: South Korea has accused North Korea of planting landmines that maimed two soldiers on border patrol, escalating military tension on the Korean peninsula as the south threatened to make Pyongyang pay a “harsh price”.

The Defence Ministry said it believed three landmines exploded last Tuesday hitting a patrol in the demilitari­sed zone, a buffer stretching 2 kilometres on either side of the frontier line dividing the two Koreas.

“We are certain they were North Korean landmines planted with an intention to kill by our enemies, who sneaked across the military border,” ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok said.

The south’s joint chiefs of staff said its military would make North Korea “pay a harsh price proportion­ate for the provocatio­n”.

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