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North Korea continues to provoke South Korea with artillery firenear sea border

North Korea has fired artillery shells near the western sea border

with South Korea for the third day in a row, despite Seoul’s calls for

an immediate halt to such military provocations. The North’s

shelling, which began on Friday, has raised tensions in the region

and violated the 2018 inter-Korean military agreement.

According to a South Korean military source, the North fired shells

north of Yeonpyeong Island, a front-line island in the West Sea, at

around 4 p.m. on Sunday. No shells landed south of the Northern

Limit Line, the de facto maritime border, and no casualties were

reported on the South Korean side. The South Korean military did

not respond with counter-fire, but maintained a high level of


The North’s shelling came after it fired about 200 shells on Friday

and 60 shells on Saturday from its coastal artillery bases

northwest of Yeonpyeong Island. Some of the shells landed in the

waters north of the NLL and within the designated buffer zones,

which were agreed upon by the two Koreas in 2018 to prevent

accidental clashes.The South Korean government has strongly condemned the

North’s shelling as a violation of the military agreement and a

threat to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. It has urged

the North to stop its hostile acts and return to dialogue.

The North’s shelling is seen as a way of expressing its

dissatisfaction with the stalled inter-Korean relations and the

ongoing sanctions imposed by the international community over

its nuclear and missile programs. It is also seen as a way of

diverting public attention from its internal woes, such as the

economic difficulties.

The South Korean government has said that it remains committed

to improving ties with the North and resolving the nuclear issue

through dialogue and cooperation. However, it has also made it

clear that it will not tolerate any military provocations that

endanger the lives and safety of its people.

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