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North Korea fired at South Korean ships, Seoul claims

The incident follows a North Korean trespass into South Korean territorial waters Tuesday.
By Ed Adamczyk Follow @adamczyk_ed Contact the Author   |   May 22, 2014 at 1:28 PM

SEOUL , May 22 (UPI) -- The South Korean Defense Ministry said Thursday that North Korea fired at least two shells at a South Korean patrol boat, adding South Korea returned fire.

The patrol boat was on regular duty in the Yellow Sea, the ministry said, which abuts the Korean peninsula on the west. It noted the shells landed about 200 meters (650 feet) from the boat. No injuries or damage was reported.

"We fired back several rounds of shells," a ministry official said.

The incident comes after South Korea's navy fired warning shots Tuesday at three North Korean patrol boats that crossed the Yellow Sea maritime border into South Korean territorial water.

North Korea called Tuesday's action a "deliberate grave provocative act," and its KCNA state news agency warned South Korea would face military attack "without any warning at the moment" North Korea "detects any trifle provocation."

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