North Korea beefs up weapons, troops on border after military pact suspended

North Korea has deployed soldiers and heavy weapons at guard posts near the border with South Korea following the suspension of a military accord between the countries, South Korean military said on Monday (November 27).

Armed North Korean soldiers had been spotted restoring damaged guard posts in several locations since Friday (November 24), South Korea's defense ministry said, citing photographs from cameras in the DMZ.

North Korea warned on Monday it would continue to exercise its sovereign rights, including through satellite launches, with the launch of a reconnaissance satellite last week being prompted by the need to monitor the United States and its allies, state media KCNA reported.

The launch prompted South Korea to suspend a key clause in a 2018 inter-Korean military agreement and resume aerial surveillance near the border. North Korea in turn declared it was no longer bound by the agreement and would deploy weapons on the border with the South.

(Source: Reuters)

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