North Korea boat retreats after warning shots fired: South

North Korea boat retreats after warning shots fired: South
# 28 April 2011 00:01 (UTC +04:00)
Baku – APA. A North Korean patrol boat briefly crossed a tense maritime border with rival South Korea late on Tuesday before retreating when the South’s navy fired warning shots, the military said on Wednesday, APA reports quoting “Reuters”.
A South Korean naval vessel fired eight warning shots after broadcasting warnings when the North’s vessel crossed 700 meters south of the disputed Northern Limit Line off the west coast, a Joint Chiefs of Staff officer said.
The incident coincided with a visit to Pyongyang by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and three other former state leaders. They hope to defuse tensions on the divided peninsula and revive the long-stalled nuclear talks.
The south’s military officer said there had been no other unusual movements by the North’s military and it was not clear what may have triggered Tuesday’s incident.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said the North’s vessel may have been monitoring Chinese fishing boats in the area.
The area was close to the scene of several deadly clashes in the past including the shelling of the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong by the North last year. Four people were killed in the attack.
Previous incidents triggered by the North’s violation of the NLL, unilaterally drawn up by the U.S. military at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, have led to clashes by the two sides’ navies killing dozens of sailors.
Tensions have eased since the start of the year since the North’s renewed calls for dialogue, including the resumption of six-way talks aimed at ending Pyongyang’s nuclear arms program.
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