The U.S.-led United Nations Command (UNC), which is commanded by an American General, and which supervises the affairs in the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the DPRK and the ROK, said on May 26 that both the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea (ROK) violated the armistice agreement that governs their shared border when their troops exchanged gunfire on May 3.
A multinational UNC special investigation team concluded that troops from both sides had violated the agreement, which has been in place since the 1950-1953 Korean War ended with an armistice rather than a peace treaty.
In a statement the United Nations Command said that the DPRK troops in a guard post committed a violation when they fired four rounds of 14.5mm ammunition at a UNC guard post on the southern side of the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) that divides the DMZ. No casualties or damages were reported in the incident. The UNC clarified the ROK and U.S. officials claims that believe the gunshots were an accident by saying, “the investigation was unable to definitively determine if the four rounds were fired intentionally or by mistake”.