South, North Korea ships fire shots at disputed sea border

Reuters News
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Posted: Oct 06, 2014 9:55 PM

SEOUL (Reuters) - 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 defense official said.

There were no casualties on the South Korean side, he told Reuters.

The area 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 recognize as a maritime border.

(Reporting by Jack Kim; Editing by Nick Macfie)