N Korea fires artillery off west coast: Official

The firing came amid high tension over the sinking of a South Korean warship.

Seoul: South Korea`s Defence Ministry says that North Korea has fired artillery into the waters off its west coast.

A Defence Ministry official says the rounds were fired on Monday into the sea off the North`s coast, but gave no further details, including how many shells were fired, and how close the firing was to the two Koreas` disputed sea border.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity citing department policy.
The firing came amid high tension over the sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on North Korea in March, and recent military exercises by South Korea and the US.

Bureau Report

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