#AceNewsServices – SOUTH KOREA (Seoul) – October 07 – A South Korean naval ship fired warning shots on Tuesday after a North Korean patrol boat crossed a disputed sea border off the peninsula’s west coast and fired shots back before retreating, a South Korean defence official said.

There were no casualties on the South Korean side and none of the shots by either side was aimed at the other’s vessel, he told Reuters.

' South and North-Korea Ships Fire Shots on Disputed Sea Border '

‘ South and North-Korea Ships Fire Shots on Disputed Sea Border ‘

It was the latest in a series of similar altercations near Yeonpyeong island, which was bombed by the North in 2010 killing four people, including two civilians.

' South and North-Korea Ships Fire Shots on Disputed Sea Border '

‘ South and North-Korea Ships Fire Shots on Disputed Sea Border ‘

The area near Yeonpyeong has been the scene of clashes in the past that killed scores of sailors on both sides, with North Korean vessels frequently crossing the so-called Northern Limit Line, which it refuses to recognise as the maritime border.

The stand-off came after a surprise visit by the highest-level delegation by North Korea at the weekend, comprised of a top military aide to the North’s leader, Kim Jong Un, who met South Korean officials.

They agreed to resume dialogue on improving ties that had been cut off in February, raising hope for a breakthrough in the relationship between the rivals which remain in a technical state of war under a truce ending their 1950-53 war.

In 2010, a South Korean navy ship patrolling the area was hit and sunk in a torpedo attack killing 46 of the sailors on board. South Korea blames the North for the attack but Pyongyang denies involvement.

The attack led to the South cutting off all political and commercial exchange with the North except for a factory zone in the North Korean city of Kaesong where South Korean companies operate manufacturing facilities.

In recent years, Seoul has allowed small private groups to visit the North, mostly on humanitarian or religious trips.

(Reporting by Jack Kim and Ju-min Park; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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North Korean and South Korean Ships Exchange Fire in Yellow Sea


South Korean navy warships patrol around Daecheong island near the West Sea border with North Korea, Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

A North Korean vessel starts shelling two days after the South fired warning shots at ships crossing the maritime border. Residents on Yeonpyeong island, where four people were killed in 2010, were evacuated to bomb shelters

A North Korean navy shipfired two artillery shells in the vicinity of a South Korean warship in the disputed waters near Yeonpyeong island on Thursday, and the South Korean vessel fired several rounds back in response, the South Korean Defense Ministry said.

The North Korean shells landed about 200 meters from the South Korean ship, which was on a regular patrol mission according to the ministry.

The incident took place two days after South Korea fired warning shots at three North Korean ships that crossed the maritime border between the two countries in the Yellow Sea border. Pyongyang condemned the act as “gravely provocative” and said it would retaliate.

Residents on Yeonpyeong, where North Korean shelling killed four people in 2010, were reportedly evacuated to bomb shelters as the naval exchange broke out.

The rhetoric between the two countries has been intensifying, with Pyongyang dishing out an increasing number of insults at Seoul, and a spokesperson from South Korea’s defense ministry saying that the North was not a real country and “must disappear soon.” Both sides regularly conduct artillery drills in the disputed waters, which lack a clearly marked sea boundary. Over the past two months, hundreds of shells have been fired, causing island residents to evacuate on a number of occasions.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/koreas-exchange-fire-disputed-sea-2014522125441738363.html

http://www.dw.de/north-and-south-korean-warships-exchange-fire-in-disputed-yellow-sea/a-17654153

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