North Korea fires more artillery toward sea border

North Korea fired more artillery near its disputed western sea border with South Korea on Thursday, a second day of shooting.

North Korea fires more artillery toward sea border

North Korea fired more artillery near its disputed western sea border with South Korea on Thursday, a second day of shooting near a disputed sea border that has been the site of deadly clashes in the past.

Rounds landed on the North's side of the disputed maritime border off the west coast of the rival states, a Defence Ministry official said. The South did not return fire.

The two Koreas remain technically at war and share one of the world's most militarised borders.

North Korea has declared a no-sail zone in the Yellow Sea waters for two months ending in late March.

The poorly marked sea border — drawn by the American-led U.N. Command at the end of the Korean War — is a constant source of tension between the two Koreas. Their navies fought a skirmish in November that left one North Korean sailor dead and three others wounded, and engaged in bloodier battles in the area in 1999 and 2002.

On Wednesday morning, North Korea fired about 30 artillery rounds into the sea from its western coast, and South Korea quickly responded with 100 warning shots from a nearby marine base, Seoul's Defense Ministry and Joint Chiefs of Staff said.


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