Warning shots fired at Northern fishing boat

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Warning shots fired at Northern fishing boat

South Korea’s Navy fired warning shots to drive a North Korean fishing boat back to its side of the tense Yellow Sea border, military officials said yesterday.

The North Korean boat crossed the Northern Limit Line at 7:18 a.m. Wednesday and returned to its side about two and a half hours later after warning shots from a South Korean Navy boat, officials at the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. No casualties were reported.

The North’s vessel appears to have been immobile due to the low water level and needed time for the water level to rise, an official said, adding the warning shots were fired after three warning signals.

“The North Korean boat returned north of the NLL as of 9:57 a.m., and there have been no unusual activities by the North’s military,” the official said.

The NLL was the scene of bloody skirmishes between the navies of the two Koreas in 1999, 2002 and last year.

North Korea does not recognize the NLL, arguing it was unilaterally drawn by the U.S.-led United Nations forces at the conclusion of the 1950-53 Korean War that ended in a truce. It demands that a new border be drawn further south.


Yonhap

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