North Korea orders military into ‘wartime state’

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PAJU, South Korea — The North Korean ambassador to China says that the situation on the Korean peninsula is “inching closer to the brink of war”.

This comes after South Korea fired dozens of artillery rounds across the border.

South Korea says they were responding to rounds that were fired by the north.

No one was hurt on either side.

North Korea’s state news agency says leader Kim Jong Un has ordered his military to enter “a wartime state” with South Korea.

The north is giving Seoul until Saturday to remove loudspeakers from the border that have been broadcasting anti-Pyongyang messages.

The south says the broadcasts will continue.