oh Joint Chiefs of Staff only (JCS) He said he broadcast warnings and fired warning shots when he spotted a North Korean merchant ship passing by Northern Limit Line (NLL)The de facto maritime boundary is at 3:40 am local time.
The North’s military said it fired 10 rocket artillery rounds after a South Korean naval vessel breached the NLL and fired warning shots “on the pretext of tracking an unidentified vessel”.
“We ordered initial countermeasures to forcefully repel the enemy warship,” a spokesman for the North Korean People’s Army General Staff said, according to the official KCNA news agency.
The JCS said it carried out a “routine operation” on the border incursion and that the North’s action violated a 2018 bilateral military agreement banning “hostile acts” in border areas.
“We reiterate our call to North Korea to immediately stop its provocations and persistent accusations that undermine the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the international community,” the JCS said in a statement.
The latest firefight comes amid heightened tensions, with the North carrying out weapons tests at an unprecedented pace this year.
In recent weeks, North Korea has fired short-range ballistic missiles and hundreds of artillery shells along its east and west coasts on multiple occasions in protest against South Korea’s military actions.
South Korean troops last week began their annual defense exercises in Hokuk, which will last until October 28 and are designed to increase their own capabilities. America To combat nuclear and missile threats from the North.
As part of the program, South Korean naval forces said Monday they would hold four days of exercises off the west coast, bringing together about 20 US assets such as warships and attack helicopters.
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