NORTH and South Korea traded fire across their disputed maritime border today, with the South’s military saying it had responded to shells landing in its waters from a North live-fire drill.
“Some of the shells fired by North Korea dropped in our area and our side responded with fire,” a spokesman for the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff told AFP.
After several rounds of the shells fell on south of the NLL, the South Korean military shot artillery shells with K-9 self-propelled howitzers in response, it said.
The move came after the Southwestern Command of the Korean People’s Army faxed South Korean Navy’s Second Fleet at 8am to announce the fire drills in seven border regions near the western maritime border later in the day.
Amphibious assault … South Korean Marine vehicles land on the seashore during a joint landing operation by US and South Korean Marines in Pohang today. Source: AFP
North Korea announced a live-fire drill today near its disputed maritime border with South Korea, further ratcheting up tensions a day after threatening a “new form” of nuclear test.
The South’s Yonhap news agency, citing an unnamed government official, said the exercise began around 12.15pm (0315 GMT), with artillery shells landing in North Korean waters, north of the South-controlled Baengnyeong island.
The Yellow Sea border is an extremely sensitive region that has been the scene of brief but bloody clashes in the past.
In November 2010, North Korea shelled a South Korean island near the border, killing four people and triggering concerns of a full-scale conflict… see more