American lighting equipment in use on the tense demilitarized border that divides the two Koreas is prompting a diplomatic headache.
North Korea has threatened to shoot at American floodlights after the secretive Communist nation accused the US of ‘deliberate provocations’ by aiming their lights directly at North Korean guard posts.
The North Korean People’s Army said in a statement that the powerful floodlights had ‘seriously threatened the safety of North Korean troops and disrupted monitoring activities.’
The floodlight spat has further raised the anger of North Korean soldiers at a time when the Korean Peninsula was on high alert due to the start of annual joint military drills between the U.S. and South Korea, which Pyongyang claims is an invasion rehearsal.
The KPA has stated that unless the threatening nature of the lighting ceases, the fixtures will become ‘the target of merciless pinpoint shots.’
‘The true aim sought by the provocateurs through their recent act is to seriously get on the nerves of the KPA soldiers, lead them to take due countermeasures and label that as provocation,’ the statement concluded.
South Korea’s Defense Ministry has yet to comment on the North Korean threat.