Asia

South Korea 'fires shots at North Korean boat'

  • 25 October 2015
  • From the section Asia
Map showing North and South Korea and the Yellow Sea - 25 October 2015

South Korea's navy has fired shots at a North Korean boat that strayed into its waters, the Yonhap news agency reports.

Five shots were fired at 15:30 (06:30 GMT) on Saturday when the patrol boat crossed the de facto maritime border, Yonhap, South Korea's largest news agency, said.

North Korea disputes the maritime border in the Yellow Sea and has crossed it before.

Pyongyang called the shooting a "serious provocation".

The North's official KCNA news agency said the boat was conducting a "routine" operation.

In February last year South Korea said a patrol boat from the North had violated the line several times.

And ships from the two countries briefly exchanged fire near Yeonpyeong island last October.

The incident comes as the countries hold the second of two reunions for family members separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

The reunions taking place this week are only the second round in the past five years.

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