February 22, 2016 09:37
North Korea conducted a coastal artillery drill on Saturday morning, firing rounds westwards from Jangsan Cape near the Northern Limit Line, the de facto maritime border.
No rounds crossed the NLL, but residents on nearby Baeknyeong Island were tense amid the boom of the gunfire and muzzle flash some 15 km away.
The South Korean military broadcast a warning for Baeknyeong residents to prepare to take shelter, and scores of fishing boats remained in port.
"It seems that the artillery drill was part of the North's annual winter live-fire exercise," a military source here said. It comes just ahead of a massive show of force by the U.S. and South Korea during annual joint exercises.
Seoul still worries that the North will carry out provocations like drone infiltrations and cyber attacks as cross-border ties have reached a new ice age in the wake of the North’s recent nuclear test and rocket launch.
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