North, South Korea exchange fire

North Korea and South Korea exchanged artillery fire Wednesday off waters near the inter-Korean maritime border, South Korean state media reported.

According to the official Yonhap News Agency, no injuries were reported, and a South Korean official was quoted as saying both militaries fired in the air.

“We have confirmed North Korea’s firing of several artillery shells, but they did not cross the (Northern Limit Line),” Yonhap quoted Park Sung-woo, of Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, as saying. “We are on high military alert.”

Yonhap reported that the North Korean military fired first and South Korea responded, according to an unnamed government official at the presidential office.

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Park did not confirm South Korea’s reported response, Yonhap said.

The tension comes a day after North Korea declared a “no sail zone” in the disputed area of the Yellow Sea, Yonhap reported.

The U.S. Pacific Command declined to comment on the reports.

The two sides last exchanged gunfire in the disputed area in November, the first such violent incident in seven years.

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