North Korea Denies Involvement in Mine Blasts Near Border

朝鲜否认与边境地雷爆炸事件有关
FILE - A North Korean flag is seen on top of a tower near the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone (DMZ) separating North Korea from South Korea, about 55 km north of Seoul.

VOA News,August 15, 2015

North Korea is denying it is behind last week's landmine blasts that injured two South Korean soldiers and further heightened military tensions with Seoul.

In a statement Friday, the North's National Defense Commission said it is "absurd" to suggest Pyongyang sent soldiers across the border to plant the mines.

The statement said North Korean landmines are for defensive purposes, adding if the North wanted to attack the South "we would have used strong firearms."

A joint U.S.-South Korean investigation accused the North Korean military of illegally crossing to the southern side of the demilitarized zone, or DMZ, and planting the mines.

One soldier lost both legs and another soldier lost one leg in the August 4th incident, which Seoul called a "total violation" of the countries' armistice agreement.

In response, South Korea this week resumed cross-border propaganda broadcasts via massive loudspeakers for the first time in over a decade.

Relations between the two Koreas were already tense because of joint military drills between Seoul and Washington that are set to begin soon.

Pyongyang is also upset over the establishment of a U.N. office in Seoul to investigate widespread human rights violations in the North.

The two countries remain in a technical state of war since their 1950s conflict was ended by a truce and not a peace treaty.

朝鲜否认与边境地雷爆炸事件有关

美国之音,2015年8月15日

朝鲜否认与上星期两名韩国士兵被地雷炸伤一事有关,那次事件使首尔和平壤间的军事紧张进一步升级。

美国和韩国的联合调查小组指责朝鲜军人非法进入非军事区韩国一侧埋设地雷。

朝鲜国防委员会星期五发表声明指出,所谓平壤派兵越境埋设地雷的说法是“荒唐”的。声明说,朝鲜的地雷是为了防御,如果朝鲜想攻击韩国,“我们会使用强大火力。”

8月4号的地雷爆炸事件导致一名韩国士兵失掉双腿,另一名士兵失掉一条腿。首尔称这种行为“完全违反”了两国间的停火协议。

作为回应,韩国这个星期恢复用大功率扬声器进行越境宣传,这是10多年来的第一次。

韩国和朝鲜的关系已经因为首尔和华盛顿即将开始的联合军演而陷入紧张。平壤还因为联合国在首尔设立办公室调查朝鲜普遍存在的侵犯人权现象而感到不满。

50年代的朝鲜战争以一纸停火协议而不是和平协议停止冲突,因此韩国和朝鲜从技术上来说仍然处于战争状态。