U.S. State Department says deployment of troops and equipment to North Korea DMZ “increases military tension and risk of misjudgment”

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The Ministry of National Defense announced on the 27th that since the 24th, the North Korean military’s efforts to restore frontline guard posts (GPs) in the DMZ have been captured by surveillance equipment such as our military’s thermal imaging equipment (TOD). South and North Korea implemented a pilot withdrawal of the GP from the Demilitarized Zone through the inter-Korean military agreement on September 19, 2018, but North Korea declared its withdrawal from the agreement on the 23rd. The photo shows the North Korean military building a wooden guard post structure. (Provided by Ministry of National Defense) 2023.11.27/News 1

The U.S. State Department pointed out on the 28th (local time) that North Korea’s deployment of troops and equipment into the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is “increasing military tension and the risk of misjudgment on the Korean Peninsula.”

In response to an inquiry from News 1 on this day, a U.S. State Department spokesperson said, “North Korea’s failure to comply with the comprehensive military agreement between South and North Korea has created indefensible challenges to South Korea’s security.”

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A State Department spokesperson emphasized, “Considering this situation, the United States will remain in close and ongoing contact with South Korea through multiple channels to ensure that our alliance continues to keep pace.”

He continued, “The United States supports efforts to manage and reduce military tensions on the Korean Peninsula and around the world through military coordination, transparency, and risk reduction measures.”

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“North Korea’s escalating rhetoric and destabilizing actions are fueling tensions in the region,” a State Department spokesperson said. “We are working with North Korea to identify ways to manage military risks and foster lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.” “I urge you to return to substantive discussions,” he said.

He also said, “As always, the United States’ commitment to Korea’s defense remains ironclad.”

In addition, a State Department spokesperson said of North Korea’s recent launch of a military reconnaissance satellite, “We strongly condemn North Korea’s launch of a space launch vehicle (SLV) using ballistic missile technology,” and added, “This is in compliance with multiple UN Security Council resolutions.” “It is a brazen violation, increases tensions, and risks destabilizing the security situation in the region and beyond.”

He said that he is closely evaluating North Korea’s reconnaissance satellite launch with allies and partners, and pointed out, “We are watching the situation of cooperation between North Korea and Russia on the transfer of space-related technology.”

“North Korea’s development of its space program has implications for regional and global security, and we call on all countries to comply with relevant Security Council resolutions,” he said.

According to South Korean military authorities, it was confirmed that North Korea declared the complete withdrawal of the September 19 inter-Korean military agreement and is re-introducing troops and equipment to the GP in the DMZ that was destroyed in accordance with the September 19 military agreement and is installing surveillance posts.

(Washington = News 1)

Source: Donga

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