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Warships of Koreas exchange fire near yellow sea

Iran Press TV

Tue Oct 7, 2014 6:52AM GMT

North and South Korean patrol boats have exchanged fire near the disputed Yellow Sea border, the South Korean Defense Ministry says.

On Tuesday, North Korean and South Korean naval patrol boats exchanged fire at around 9 am local time near the South Korean border island of Yeonpyeong.

According to the ministry, the South Korean patrol boat initially fired a warning shot after the North Korean vessel penetrated half a nautical mile into the its waters.

The South Korean ministry said the North's vessel retreated to its side of the border about 10 minutes later.

This comes three days after three high-profile North Korean officials made a surprise visit to South Korea and agreed to resume senior-level talks.

The de-facto maritime boundary between the two Koreas is called the Northern Limit Line. It is not recognized by North Korea, which says the border was unilaterally drawn by the United Nations forces following the 1950-53 Korean War.

Although the conflict ended, no peace deal has been signed since then and the two sides remain technically at war.

Adding to tensions between the two sides, every year, South Korea carries out joint drills, called Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, with the United States.

Pyongyang says that the drills are rehearsals for invasion, and that North Korea will take additional measures to demonstrate its might as long as threats from the United States persist.

SZH/HMV/HRB



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