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North Korea starts firing drills near border

(FILES) This undated file photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) via the Korean News Service (KNS) on March 14, 2013 shows a live shell firing drill being conducted by North Korea at an unconfirmed location. North Korea held a new live-fire drill near its maritime border with South Korea on April 29, 2014, with Seoul vowing a "strong" response if any shells fall on its side of the disputed boundary. AFP PHOTO / FILES / KCNA / KNS ---EDITORS NOTE--- RES

SEOUL: North Korea has started firing drills near a disputed sea border with North Korea, South Korea's military said on Tuesday, after it notified the South earlier of two areas near populated islands where it would conduct the exercise.

The firing began at about 2 p.m. local time (0500 GMT) and no rounds appeared to have landed south of the live disputed Northern Limit Line border, a military official said.

A similar artillery drill by the North in March resulted in more than 100 shots landing in seas south of the border and prompting South Korea to fire hundreds of rounds back into the North's water.

 

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