Seoul: South Korea's Navy on Friday fired warning shots at fishing boats from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) for violating a tense western maritime border, officials here said.
The six fishing boats, which crossed the border in succession starting from 11:44 am local time, retreated north of the border after the Navy fired two warning shots at 3 pm, said South Korea ''s Joint Chiefs of Staff.
In recent weeks, an increasing number of DPRK fishing boats have crossed the western border called the Northern Limit Line (NLL), a scene of deadly naval clashes between the estranged neighbors.
The DPRK has refused to acknowledge the NLL, drawn unilaterally by the US-led United Nations Command at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.
The Navy has reportedly raised the alert level along the sea border in response.
First Published: Friday, September 21, 2012, 18:58