The North Korean army is threatening to invade the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. The DMZ is 160 miles long and 4 miles wide. It was created to form a barrier between the two nations. In 2018 it appeared that the two countries were going to reach a final peace agreement but the two countries have had tensions since then. it now looks like things could explode.
General Staff of the Korean People's Army announced:
"Our army is keeping a close watch on the current situation in which the north-south relations are turning worse and worse, and getting itself fully ready for providing a sure military guarantee to any external measures to be taken by the Party and government."
"We accepted from the United Front Department of the Party Central Committee and arms of the department in charge of the affairs with enemy an opinion on studying an action plan for taking measures to make the army advance again into the zones that had been demilitarized under the north-south agreement, turn the front line into a fortress and further heighten the military vigilance against the south."
The Demilitarized Zone was established in 1953 after the Korean War in an agreement between the communist forces in North Korea, China and the United Nations.
The army indicated that it would be awaiting approval from the Party Central Committee about what action to take.
The DMZ is about 160 miles long and 4 miles wide.
Hopes were high for a growing peace between the two nations when North Korean President Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met in the DMZ in April 2018, but hostilities have increased in recent weeks.