North and South Korea exchange fire

August 10th, 2011 - 6:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Seoul, Aug 10 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Artillery shells fired from North Korea Wednesday landed near the disputed sea border with South Korea. In response, South Korea’s military also fired artillery shells towards the North, Yonhap news agency reported.

A South Korean defence ministry official said the rounds fired by North Korea landed off the Yeonpyeong Island. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

South Korea’s YTN TV said the incident was provoked by military exercises being held by North Korea near the volatile Yellow Sea border.

North Korea had shelled Yeonpyeong in November last year, killing four people, just a few months after the sinking of a South Korean warship.

The two countries, who technically remain at war following the 1950-53 Korean War, have agreed to return to six-party talks aimed at ending North Korea’s nuclear programme.

–IANS/RIA Novosti
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