North Korea denies shelling near South Korea warship
Published on May 23, 2014 10:44 AM
SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea on Friday rejected as "sheer fabrication" Seoul's charges that it fired shells near a South Korean warship the previous day.
Seoul's defence ministry said two shells fell about 150m off a South Korean Navy corvette on patrol south of the tense western sea border on Thursday.
The ship was not damaged and responded by firing five rounds into waters near a North Korean military vessel.
"The verified fact is that the puppet navy vessel, which intruded deeply into our waters under the pretence of controlling Chinese fishing boats, fired recklessly and lied that we had fired first. This is a sheer fabrication", North Korea's military Western Front Command said in a statement.
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