North and South Korea have been in a pseudo state of war since the Korean War ended in 1953. Here are five things to know about their most recent conflict. Kim Jong-un, leader of North Korea , ordered his troops to be placed on war footing at 12.16am local time in response to escalating tensions on the shared North/South demilitarised zone (DMZ) border. South Korea blamed North Korea for the mines, which Pyongyang denied.
- North Korean artillery units fire on a South Korean vessel, the Dangpo, patrolling in the Yellow Sea with 70 sailors on board.
- South Korea responded in like.
- Japan has urged North Korea to avoid taking “provocative action” whilst North Korea accuses South Korea of being “war maniacs”.