S. Korea says troops exchange fire along N. Korean border

The North Korean military on Sunday exchanged fire along their tense border, the South Korean military said, accusing North Korean soldiers of targeting a guard post.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul said in a statement that North Korean troops had fired several bullets at a South Korean guard post inside the heavily fortified border. South Korea fired two shots in response after issuing a warning, the statement said.

South Korea has made no casualties, the military said. It is not known whether North Korea has claimed any lives. The official North Korean central news agency did not report the incident.

It comes a day after North Korea released images of leader Kim Jong Un reappearing in public after a 20-day absence amid intense speculation about his health.

KCNA said Kim attended Friday’s ceremony marking the completion of a fertilizer factory near Pyongyang with senior officials. State television showed Kim smiling and walking through the plant.