South Korea fires with K-9 howitzers after North Korean shells landed in its territorial waters 3103

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Defence & Security News - North Korea / South Korea

 
 
Monday, March 31, 2014 09:35 AM
 
South Korea fires with K-9 howitzers after North Korean shells landed in its territorial waters.
North Korea has exchanged artillery fire with South Korea across the countries' disputed western maritime border. Official in Seoul say South Korea returned fire after North Korean shells landed in its territorial waters.
     

South Korea fires with K-9 self-propelled howitzer to return fire after North Korean shells landed in its territorial waters.
     

The North fired several artillery shells in territory north of the North Limit Line in the Yellow Sea at 12:15pm local time (03:15 GMT), reports South Korean news agency Yohap. After several shells landed south of the border, South Korean military opened fire with K-9 self-propelled howitzers and dispatched F-15K fighter jets near the maritime border.

North Korea in recent weeks has increased threatening rhetoric and conducted a series of rocket and ballistic missile launches that are considered acts of protest against annual ongoing springtime military exercises by Seoul and Washington. The North calls the South Korea-U.S. drills a rehearsal for invasion; the allies say they're routine and defensive.

The latest move comes as the North Korean military has been stepping up its rhetoric against annual joint drills between South Korea and the United States, firing a series of missiles and rockets in a show of force in recent weeks.

Pyongyang last week fired two mid-range ballistic missiles capable of striking Japan in the latest provocative launches, drawing condemnation from the U.N. Security Councill.

 

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