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North Korea patrol boat violated maritime border: South

Published on Feb 25, 2014 11:30 AM

SEOUL (AFP) - A North Korean patrol boat repeatedly crossed the disputed Yellow Sea border with the South in an apparent show of force at the start of South Korea-US military drills, Seoul's defence ministry said on Tuesday.

The incursion took place three times overnight on Monday and at one point the North Korean naval vessel had reached two miles inside the South side of the border.

No shots were fired and the patrol boat eventually retreated after warnings from the South Korean navy, defence ministry spokesman Kim Min Seok said.

"We suspect this is aimed at testing our military preparedness", Kim told reporters.

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