August 9, 2010

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North Korea fired artillery rounds into the sea off its west coast on Monday, a South Korean military official said, heightening tension on the divided peninsula.

YTN cable news channel reported dozens of rounds were fired into the North’s waters near the border with the South soon after a South Korean naval exercise off the west coast officially ended at 5 p.m.

“All we know is that North Korea fired artillery rounds into its sea off the west coast, but we have no more details as of now,” Lieutenant-Commander Yu Jae-il at the Joint Chiefs of Command in Seoul said by telephone.

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Tension has mounted on the peninsula this year after the sinking of a South Korean warship and a series of military drills. At the weekend, a South Korean fishing boat was detained by a North Korean patrol.

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