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South Korea fires warning shots at North Korean ships crossing Yellow Sea border

A South Korean naval vessel fired 10 warning shots after three North Korean patrol boats entered southern maritime territory in the Yellow Sea. The North Korean boats returned to the northern side.

By JC Finley
South Korea fires warning shots at North Korean ships crossing Yellow Sea border
A Korea Coast Guard's ship sails past the South Korean Navy's floating base as the sun rises near Yeonpyeong island, South Korea, on December 23, 2010. (UPI/Keizo Mori) | License Photo

SEOUL, May 21 (UPI) -- Three North Korean patrol boats crossed into South Korean territory Tuesday, prompting a South Korean naval vessel to fire 10 warning shots.

The incident occurred around 4 p.m. local time by Northern Limit Line border at the Yellow Sea. The North Korean ships returned after the warning shots were fired, an official with the South Korean defense ministry said.

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The NLL boundary was established by the United Nations after the Korea War but is not recognized by the North.

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