January 27, 2010

[efoods]North Korea says artillery shells it fired Wednesday in waters near South Korea were part of an annual training drill.

The North Korea shelling led to the two countries exchanging fire Wednesday, South Korean state-run media reported.

Both countries fired in the air, without reports of casualties, the Yonhap News Agency quoted a South Korean official as saying.

“We have confirmed North Korea’s firing of several artillery shells, but they did not cross” the two countries’ maritime border, said Park Sung-woo, of Seoul’s joint chiefs of staff, according to Yonhap. “We are on high military alert.”

“Following the firing by North Korea, South Korea responded by shooting vulcan canons into the air, a statement that it would not be intimidated by saber-rattling by the communist neighbor,” Yonhap said.

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