President Obama is visiting South Korea, so of course North Korea had to do something
A South Korean naval vessel fired warning shots after two North Korean patrol boats crossed the maritime border between the two countries in the Yellow Sea.
A South Korean naval vessel fired warning shots after two North Korean patrol boats crossed the maritime border between the two countries in the Yellow Sea, just hours before U.S. President Obama arrived in Seoul for a two-day visit.
The Friday incursion took place at the disputed North Limit Line when two North Korean fishery inspection vessels crossed the boundary one nautical mile into South Korean waters, according to a South Korean defence ministry official. In response, the South Korean navy broadcast several warnings and fired warning shots between 4:35 a.m. and 5:03 a.m., after which the North’s ships retreated.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the North Korean vessels may have crossed the border while chasing Chinese crab-fishing boats operating illegally in the area, but they may have also have been testing the South’s military preparedness.
Seoul and Washington have ramped up surveillance measures along the border in anticipation for Obama’s visit. North Korean patrol and fishing boats frequently cross the North Limit Line, which was drawn by the by the United Nations forces following the Korean War, but Friday’s occasion was especially sensitive because of Obama’s arrival.
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