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North fires again toward Yeongpyeong Island

North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells in the waters north of the Northern Limit Line (NLL) in the Yellow Sea near Yeongpyeong Island on the peninsula's west coast today at 8:15 a.m., according to a Defense Ministry official.

The shells landed in the waters north of the NLL, the de facto maritime border between North and South Korea.

The North’s latest firing took place following three similar rounds of shelling yesterday in northern areas where the North declared two “no-sail” zones near Baengnyeong Island in the Yellow Sea. It was the first time the North fired near the NLL.

The no-sail zones, which the reclusive nation designated on Tuesday until March 29, include waters in both Koreas. It was the first time the communist country had included South Korean waters in a no-sail zone.

By Lee Min-yong [smartpower@joongang.co.kr]
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북, 연평도 인근에 포사격


김정일 국방위원장은 지난 16일 남포시 해안에서 육·해·공 합동훈련을 참관했다. 한·미 정보당국이 주목한 것은 해군 함정의 등장이다. 한겨울에는 함정을 동원하지 않지만 이번에는 김 위원장이 “바다를 깨고라도 군함을 동원하라”고 지시했다고 한다. 조선중앙TV가 이튿날 공개한 사진에는 얼어붙은 훈련장 수역이 드러난다.

남포에는 서해 북방한계선(NLL) 수역을 관할하는 서해함대사령부가 있다. 정부 당국자는 “서해 NLL과 해군력의 중요성을 강조한 행보”라고 말했다. 김 위원장은 지난해 11월 대청해전 직후 이 사령부를 격려차 방문했다.


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