North Korea urged to apologise for landmine explosion

Seoul, Aug 11 (IANS) South Korea’s presidential office on Tuesday urged North Korea to apologise for the provocation of planting landmines in the demilitarised zone (DMZ), an explosion of which seriously injured two South Korean soldiers a week ago.

“This incident was a clear provocation as North Korean forces illegally violated the military demarcation line and intentionally planted PMD series mines,” presidential spokesman Min Kyung-wook said.

Min said it was a straight violation of the armistice agreement and the non-aggression treaty, urging North Korea to apologise for the provocation and punish those responsible for it, Xinhua news agency reported.

South Korea said two of its staff sergeants, who were on patrol duty on the south side of the DMZ in the west frontier, were maimed on August 4 following the detonation of three landmines.

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