South Korean (R) and US (L) Marines gesture to a point during a joint landing operation by US and South Korean Marines in Pohang, 270 kms southeast of Seoul, Monday, March 31, 2014.(AFP/JUNG YEON-JE)
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Two Koreas trade fire across maritime border: militaryThe two Koreas traded hundreds of rounds of live artillery fire across their disputed maritime border Monday, forcing South Korean islanders to take shelter a day after the North drove up tensions by threatening a new nuclear test. The exchange, triggered by a three-hour North Korean live-fire exercise that dropped shells into South Korean waters, was limited to untargeted shelling into the sea, military officials said. South Korea's defence ministry said the North fired some 500 shells during the drill, around 100 of which landed on the south side of the sea boundary. Ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok said the South had responded to Pyongyang's "premeditated provocation" by firing 300 shells from K-9 self-propelled howitzer batteries based on its front-line islands. North Korea has conducted three nuclear tests, the most recent -- and most powerful -- in February last year.
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