North Korea threatened retaliation on Friday after South Korea fired what it said were warning shots when a patrol boat and fishing boat from the North crossed the disputed sea border off the west coast of the Korean peninsula.
The two vessels from the North retreated about eight minutes after the South Korean navy fired five 40 mm artillery shots at around 7:30 a.m. local time, South Korean officials told Reuters.
The North Korean boats had crossed the Northern Limit Line, a border that the North disputes, near the South Korean border island of Yeonpyeong, according to the South Korean military.
North Korea accused the South Korean navy of intruding into its waters and said the South fired at its ships in a “grave provocative act,” the Supreme Command of the North’s Korean People’s Army was quoted as saying by the official KCNA news agency late on Friday.
“The provocation-makers are going to regret for ever how horrible the aftermath of their reckless firing first will be,” it was quoted as saying. Read more