Tension grows between the two Koreas: Kim Jong-un’s regime rebuilds its checkpoints in the Demilitarized Zone

South Korean soldiers stand guard during a media visit at the Joint Security Area (JSA) in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, in March 2023 (Reuters) (POOL/ )

North Korean authorities began this Friday to rebuild its checkpoints in the Demilitarized Zone with concrete established between the two Koreas following the suspension of the inter-Korean agreement reached in 2018 in an attempt to achieve an improvement in relations between both countries.

Sources from the South Korean Defense Ministry indicated that Pyongyang is using concrete to reinforce these checkpoints from which it can monitor the border ‘de facto’ between the two Koreas.

In this sense, they have warned that North Korea could be considering increasing these posts and deploying more heavy weapons and troops in the vicinity given the rise in tensions in the region.

The Comprehensive Military Agreement – which stipulated the complete demilitarization of the area – was signed on September 19, 2018 in a conciliatory atmosphere under the Administration of the now former South Korean president Moon Jae In, who then traveled to Pyongyang to hold talks with the North Korean dictator. Kim Jong-un.

The border that separates the two Koreas in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) (EFE/ Vassil Donev)
The border that separates the two Koreas in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) (EFE/ Vassil Donev) (VASSIL DONEV|VASSIL DONEV/)

Within the framework of this agreement, both countries demolished a dozen checkpoints within the area and proceeded to disarm each of them, so North Korea had 150 positions and South Korea only 67.

However, following Seoul’s withdrawal from the inter-Korean agreement, North Korea has promised to restore all military measures in the area. The temporary suspension of the agreement came after North Korea successfully launched its first military satellite in mid-November.

The South Korean Army has warned that it has also detected the installation of mines by North Korean troops on two lightly traveled roads connecting the eastern and western parts of the two Koreas and were considered in the past a symbol of reconciliation and dialogue between the parties.

A North Korean checkpoint seen from a South Korean observation post in the border town of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea (Reuters)
A North Korean checkpoint seen from a South Korean observation post in the border town of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea (Reuters) (Pool/)

Furthermore, as North Korean media reported on Friday, Kim Jong-un called for boosting production of several missile launch vehicles, calling it an important task in order to prepare for a “military confrontation” with the enemy. And last Monday, the dictator also said that his army should “completely annihilate” the United States and South Korea if provoked, according to state media.

The North Korean regime has increased its bellicose rhetoric in recent months in response to expanded military maneuvers between Washington and Seoul. In a meeting with army officials on Sunday, Kim noted that it is urgent to sharpen “the precious sword” to protect national security, in an apparent reference to Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program. He cited “military confrontation moves by the United States and other hostile forces,” according to the state news agency. KCNA.

At the Workers’ Party meeting, Kim called South Korea a “hemiplegic malformation and subordinate colonial state,” whose society is “contaminated by Yankee culture.” Furthermore, he noted that his army must use all means at its disposal, including the nuclear arsenal, to “suppress all South Korean territory” in case of conflict.

Experts say this year there could be small-scale military clashes between the North and the South along their militarized border. In addition, they indicated that Pyongyang is expected to test intercontinental ballistic missiles that can reach US territory and other important weapons.

(With information from AP and EuropaPress)

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