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South Korea navy fires shots to send back North ship

Iran Press TV

Sun Oct 25, 2015 7:38AM

South Korea's navy has fired several warning shots to drive away a North Korean patrol boat that had crossed the disputed maritime border between the two neighbors.

Officials from both sides said on Sunday that the incident took place a day earlier when the North Korean patrol boat crossed the Northern Limit Line (NLL).

The vessel retreated without returning fire or taking other action.

The NLL represents a disputed maritime demarcation line between North and South Koreas in the Yellow Sea, which was drawn in 1953 by the United Nations following the end of the Korean War.

It was also decided that the line should be defended by South Korea. North Korea, however, did not agree with the demarcation of the line.

A North Korean spokesman, meanwhile, denounced the South's move as a "serious provocation," and added that such action could provoke military and create tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

"There will be only a war disaster, far from the improvement of the North-South relations, as long as the South Korean military warmongers go reckless," said the spokesman, whose name was not mentioned in the reports.

It is still unclear whether the incursion was deliberate. Pyongyang sometimes sends patrol ships to its southern waters to track the boats fishing illegally near the sea border.

The Korean Peninsula has been grappling with a cycle of military rhetoric since the Korean War, which lasted from 1950 to 1953 and ended in an armistice. No peace agreement has been signed since then, meaning that Pyongyang and Seoul technically remain at war.

Saturday's incident coincided with the reunion of Korean families separated during the 1950-53 War.

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