Date
22 January 2017
A file picture of a North Korean patrol boat. No one was injured in the incident on Saturday. Photo: Reuters
A file picture of a North Korean patrol boat. No one was injured in the incident on Saturday. Photo: Reuters

S Korean navy fires shots at N Korean boat

 

South Korea’s navy has fired shots at a North Korean patrol boat that strayed into its waters, Yonhap reported.

Five warning shots were fired at 3:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. in Hong Kong) on Saturday when the patrol boat crossed the de facto maritime border, BBC News said, citing a report from South Korea’s largest news agency.

The boat retreated about 18 minutes after the shots were fired, and no injuries were reported, Yonhap said.

“There was no violent clash during the warning process,” a South Korean military official was quoted as saying.

North Korea, which disputes the maritime border in the Yellow Sea, called the shooting a “military provocation”.

The North’s official KCNA news agency said the boat was conducting a “routine” operation.

In February last year South Korea said a patrol boat from the North had violated the sea border several times. Also, ships from the two countries briefly exchanged fire near Yeonpyeong island last October.

The incident comes as the two countries hold reunions for family members separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

The reunions taking place this week are only the second round in the past five years, BBC said.

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