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North Korea fires dozens of artillery shells into sea

Published on Jul 14, 2014 1:00 PM
 
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides field guidance during a tactical rocket firing drill carried out by units of the Korean People's Army (KPA) Strategic Force in the western sector of the front in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on July 10, 2014. North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells into the sea on Monday in a live-fire drill near the disputed maritime border with South Korea that followed a recent series of missile tests. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells into the sea on Monday in a live-fire drill near the disputed maritime border with South Korea that followed a recent series of missile tests.

The drill began shortly before midday (11am Singapore time) using land artillery units based at the eastern tip of the demilitarised zone that bisects the Korean peninsula, the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

"Dozens of shells were fired into North Korean territorial waters," a JCS spokesman said.

The drill came with South Korean border troops already on heightened alert after a series of short-range ballistic missile tests by the North in recent weeks, including the firing of two Scud missiles into the Sea of Japan (East Sea) on Sunday.

 
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