South Korean officials are vowing to retaliate against North Korea for recently planting land mines that seriously injured two South Korean soldiers last week.
“North Korea will pay a harsh price proportionate to the provocation that North Korea made,” Maj. Gen. Koo Hong-mo, director of operations of the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a press briefing Monday. “As previously warned on many occasions, our military will make North Korea pay the equally pitiless penalty for their provocations,” he said.
The 1st Infantry Division soldiers were conducting a morning patrol south of the Demilitarized Zone near Paju on Aug. 4 when three land mines exploded. Their injuries were not life-threatening, but one soldier lost both legs, one below the knee and one above the knee, and the other had a foot amputated, according to South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense.