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October 29th, 2010

KoreanDMZ Gunfire across Korean border

DMZ, 38th Parallel – An exchange of fire has taken place across the Korean border, the first military clash on land since 2007.

  • Gunfire exchanged across border on Friday evening; South accuses North of firing first.
  • North fired twice at guardpost; South fired back three times.
  • No injuries or damage reported.
  • Incident takes place at time of high tension on the Korean peninsula, following sinking of South Korean warship Cheonan in March, and ahead of next month’s G-20 economic summit in South Korea.

Analysts available for comment:

JAE HO CHUNG is associate professor at Seoul National University’s Department of International Relations. He has advised many South Korean government agencies, including the National Security Council and Ministry of National Unification. He is the author of Between Ally and Partner: Korea-China Relations and the United States (Columbia University Press, 2007).
Location: Seoul, South Kore
Languages: English, Korean

ROLAND BLEIKER is Professor of International Relations at the University of Queensland, Brisbane. He is a former Swiss diplomat, and worked for two years in the Swiss diplomatic mission at Panmunjom, inside the Korean DMZ. His academic research now focuses on issues of trauma, conflict and reconciliation in divided societies, such as Korea.
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Languages: English, German

KATY OH is a researcher at the Institute for Defense Analyses and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. She is an expert on North Korean politics and economy, South Korean politics and economy, Inter-Korean relations and U.S. foreign and security policy toward East Asia. Dr. Oh has presented briefings to the US Departments of State, Defense, and Energy. See full bio…
Location: Washington, D.C., USA
Languages: English, Korean, Chinese, Japanese

HAZEL SMITH is Professor of Resilience and Security at Cranfield University, UK. She is a respected international media commentator on issues related to the DPRK and East Asian security. She regularly comments for the BBC, CNN, Voice of America, and Radio Free Asia. See full bio…
Location: Cranfield, UK
Languages: English

LEON SIGAL is Director of the Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project at the US Social Science Research Council in New York. His book, Disarming Strangers: Nuclear Diplomacy with North Korea, was named the 1998 book of distinction by the American Academy of Diplomacy. See full bio…
Location: New York, USA
Languages: English

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