Written by Kumudu Jayawardana
31 Mar, 2014 | 2:19 pm
North and South Korea have exchanged fire into the sea across the disputed western sea border, South Korea says.
North Korea announced early on Monday that it would hold live-fire drills in seven parts of the border area.
South Korea says it returned fire after North Korean shells landed in its territorial waters.
The area has been a flashpoint between the two Koreas. The UN drew the western border after the Korean War, but North Korea has never recognised it.
In late 2010, four South Koreans were killed on a border island by North Korean artillery fire. Border fire was also briefly exchanged in August 2011.
‘Responded with fire’
The live-fire exercises were announced by North Korea in a faxed message from its military to the South’s navy.
South Korea warned of immediate retaliation if any shells crossed the border.
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