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North Korea conducts live-firing drills near disputed border with South

Published on Apr 29, 2014 2:29 PM
This undated file photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) via the Korean News Service (KNS) on March 14, 2013 shows a live shell firing drill being conducted by North Korea at an unconfirmed location. North Korea held a new live-fire drill near its maritime border with South Korea on April 29, 2014, with Seoul vowing a "strong" response if any shells fall on its side of the disputed boundary. -- PHOTO: AFP 

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea conducted live-firing drills on Tuesday in two areas near a disputed sea border with South Korea that have been the scene of deadly clashes and where they fired hundreds of artillery rounds only weeks ago.

North Korea conducted similar drills in late March, firing more than 500 artillery rounds near the Northern Limit Line (NLL), a disputed maritime border that has been the de facto sea border since the 1950 to 1953 Korean war. More than 100 rounds landed south of the border during that drill, prompting South Korea to fire hundreds of rounds back into the North's waters.

The latest round of firing began at about 2pm local time on Tuesday. No rounds appeared to have landed south of the NLL border, a military official from the South said.

It came hours after the North notified South Korea of the areas near populated South Korean islands where it would conduct the exercise.

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