South Korea fires warning shots at North Korean patrol boat


South Korea fired warning shots at a North Korean patrol boat that crossed into its waters in the Yellow Sea, South Korea’s military said Sunday.

The South Korean Navy fired five warning shots at the vessel around 3:30 pm (0630 GMT) Saturday after it crossed the de-facto western maritime border known as the Northern Limit Line (NLL) by hundreds of metres, Yonhap News Agency reported, quoting a military source.

The navy’s normal mission was reportedly to crack down on dozens of illegal Chinese fishing boats in waters near South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island.

No injuries were reported as the boat withdrew about 18 minutes after the shots were fired.

Although the South Korean military official said there was no clash during the warning process, North Korea condemned the shots as a “military provocation.”