North and South Korea exchanged fire across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) after South Korea allowed demonstrators to release balloons “containing leaflets” condemning North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. According to BBC News, North Korea fired at the balloons, and South Korea returned fire. Early reports claimed the fire was artillery-based, but BBC quotes a Reuters report indicating it was actually gunfire. Demonstrators “launch leaflets across the border from time to time,” an occurrence which angers North Korea each time. Breitbart News previously reported that demonstrations in December, 2013 angered North Korea to the point that they sent a fax to South Korea warning of a potential retaliatory strike. CNN reported the North Koreans pledged to “strike mercilessly without notice” if “the provocation against [its] highest dignity [was] repeated in the downtown of Seoul.” The relationship between North and South Korea has remained in flux amid the tension that followed North Korea’s fax. Yet on October 4, leaders from the two countries actually sat down for the highest-level talks they have held in five years and indicated more talks were to come in November. Follow AWR Hawkins on Twitter @AWRHawkins Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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