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Koreas exchange fire after N.K. boat violates western sea border

2014/10/07 11:00

SEOUL, Oct. 7 (Yonhap) -- South and North Korean patrol boats briefly exchanged fire on Tuesday after a North Korean naval ship crossed the western maritime border, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

"One North Korean patrol boat crossed the Northern Limit Line (NLL) in the Yellow Sea at around 9:50 a.m.," the JCS said in a statement.

"To force the ship to retreat, our military sent warning messages and fired a warning shot. But the North fired back rather than backing down, which caused us to fire again. Then the ship made a retreat," it added.

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