Large Group of North Korean Soldiers Accidently Cross MDL into South Korea

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff released a statement saying that 20 to 30 North Korean soldiers briefly crossed into South Korea before returning to North Korea on June 18th.

The statement said that the soldiers carrying work tools crossed the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) within the DMZ at approximately 8:30 a.m. local time.

South Korean soldiers fired several warning shots, prompting the soldiers to return to North Korea. The JCS said there were armed soldiers, but they stayed on the North Korean side of the MDL during the incident.

The JCS said that the soldiers were likely attempting to clear bushes and other vegetation as a first step to placing landmines in the area. The area is reportedly overgrown, with several signs not clearly visible.