The Straits Times
Published on Sep 24, 2012

S. Korea accuses N. Korea over boat incursions


SEOUL (AFP) - Seoul's top official in cross-border ties warned on Monday that recent territorial violations by North Korean fishing boats might be a deliberate ploy by Pyongyang to provoke South Korea.

Navy ships from the South on Friday fired warning shots at six North Korean fishing boats that crossed the disputed Yellow Sea border, in the latest in a series of similar incursions.

It was the first time for two years that the South has resorted to firing warning shots to push the fishing boats back.

None of the vessels were hit and they swiftly returned to their side of the western sea boundary. The North said any incursion was made by the South's navy and threatened military retaliation.