North Korea fired multiple gunshots towards South Korea early Sunday morning, the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staffs (JCS) said in a statement.
A series of gunshots were fired from North Korea at 7:41 am local time towards a guard post in South Korea that borders the North, the JCS said.
News of the attack came just one day after North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un resurfaced amid escalating reports he had died.
South Korea responded by firing two shots back towards North Korea, the JCS said.
The South is taking action to try to ‘grasp the detailed situation’, it said.
‘We are taking actions via inter-Korean communication lines to grasp the detailed situation and to prevent any further incidents,’ the JCS statement read.
‘And we also maintain a necessary readiness posture.’
No injuries have been reported on either side.
Tensions between the two nations comes as Kim Jong-Un was seen for the first time in three weeks on Friday.
Speculation concerning the controversial leader’s health began to gain momentum after he failed to turn up at the celebration of his grandfather’s birthday on April 13, one of the country’s biggest calendar events.
Rumours and reports grew that he had died.
But North Korea’s supreme leader then emerged alive, as he was pictured cutting the ribbon at the opening of a fertilizer factory Friday.
He ‘attended the ceremony’ on Friday and ‘all the participants broke into thunderous cheers of ‘hurrah!” when he appeared, the Korean Central News Agency said.
There continues to be speculation over why he has not been seen in such a long time, including that he had complications after heart surgery or was suffering from the coronavirus.