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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


alertness.


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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