North Korea launched live-fire drills late Wednesday near a disputed sea border with South Korea, prompting Seoul to issue a warning that it will respond strongly to any provocation.
The firing drills, some from a war ship, came just hours after Pyongyang informed its neighbor of its plans to conduct the exercise, Agence France-Presse reported.
The artillery rounds were fired near the South’s Baengnyeong and Yeonpyeong islands, but none landed on the south side of the disputed border in the Yellow Sea, the report said, citing South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.
South Korea’s defence ministry said earlier in the day that it had been informed by North Korea that the latter will carry out drills for three days from Wednesday in its territorial waters.
North Korea conducted similar drills last year, with more than 100 rounds landing south of border, prompting the South to fire hundreds of rounds back.
“If North Korea makes any provocation in our waters, we will strongly respond to it,” Reuters cited South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff as saying in a statement.
North Korea’s military threatened last week to launch “targeted strikes” against South Korea’s navy, accusing the South of violating territorial waters.
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