Moscow concerned by tendency towards tensions escalation on Korean peninsula

Moscow has expressed its concern over recent reports about an artillery fire exchange between North and South Korea.

Moscow has expressed its concern over recent reports about an artillery fire exchange between North and South Korea.

"We cannot help but be concerned by such incidents. We note a dangerous tendency towards an escalation of tensions. Regrettably, the way the situation is unfolding certainly cannot suit us," a Russian Foreign Ministry source told Interfax on August 20.

South Korea's news agency Yonhap reported that North Korea had opened fire on a South Korean Armed Forces unit at the western section of the border line. In response, South Korean servicemen fired several artillery shells in the direction of North Korea.

U.S.-South Korean military drills have been under way in the region since August 17. Pyongyang demanded that the United States and South Korea cancel their exercises, threatening to use its weapons, "which are unknown to the world", if they refused to do so.

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