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North Korea says danger of 'catastrophic' clash at Panmunjom truce village

Published on May 27, 2014 11:33 AM
 
South Korean soldiers face the North korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea on May 14, 2014. --  FILE PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea on Tuesday warned that recent "provocative" activities by US troops at a truce village on the heavily fortified inter-Korean border could lead to a "catastrophic" military clash.

The warning came from the head of the North Korean forces stationed in the frontier village of Panmunjom - where the ceasefire agreement to end fighting in the 1950-53 Korean War was signed.

Panmunjom has hosted multiple inter-Korean talks over the decades and is heavily guarded, with mostly South Korean and US troops on the southern side under the auspices of the UN Command (UNC).

The North Korean military official, who was not named, said recent activities by US troops threatened to destabilise the sensitive area.

 
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