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Maritime clash between North and South Korea

(8 October 2014)

North and South Korean patrol boats exchanged gunfire during an altercation on 7 October 2014. The incident occurred near Yeonpyeong Island off the western side of the Korean peninsula. According to a statement by the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, a North Korean vessel crossed the Northern Limit Line, which is the maritime boundary established by the United Nations between the two countries in 1953 as part of the truce ending the 1950-53 war between North and South Korea. According to this South Korean statement, the South Korean vessel responded by issuing warning messages and then fired a warning shot.

Disputes in the area of the Northern Limit Line have been frequent, as North Korea does not recognize the Line as a sea border. Bombings by the North in 2010 near Yeonpyeong Island killed four people, including two civilians. No injuries resulted from the latest clash, but the incident lowered hopes that the North would productively engage in reconciliation talks set to resume in late October or early November 2014.

Sources:

Ships exchange fire on North-South Korea sea border, 7 October 2014, The Telegraph, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/11145123/Ships-exchange-fire-on-North-South-Korea-sea-border.html

South, North Korea ships fire shots at disputed sea border, 7 October 2014, Reuters, http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/10/07/uk-northkorea-southkorea-ships-