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After launching missile barrage, North Korea fires over 100 artillery shells at sea border

Hours after launching a volley of missiles early in the morning, North Korea fired more than 100 of them into the maritime border established under a military agreement with its southern neighbor, the South Korean military said on Wednesday. Korean.

“North Korea fired about 100 artillery shells from the Kosong area in Kangwon into the ‘buffer zone’ north of the northern boundary line,” Joint Chief of Staff (JCS) Kang said. Shin-chul, referring to the maritime border between the two Koreas. , reports the AFP news agency.

The JCS said the firing violated the 2018 peace accord, called the Panmunjom Declaration, which spoke of building military confidence and ensuring peace and cooperation in the West Sea areas.

Earlier in the day, South Korea said its northern neighbor launched missiles of various types for the first time which landed near the disputed maritime border and close to South Korean waters.

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In response, the South Korean military fired three air-to-surface missiles into the same area of ​​the sea border.

Of these North Korean missiles, three were short-range ballistic missiles that were fired from the North Korean coastal area of ​​Wonsan into the sea.

Another missile landed 26 kilometers south of the Northern Limit Line (NLL), a disputed inter-Korean maritime border. One of the missiles landed 57 kilometers from the South Korean city of Sokcho on the east coast, while the other landed 167 kilometers northwest of Ulleung, the JCS said.

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South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, who chaired a meeting of the National Security Council after the launch, said the breach of the northern demarcation line was “effectively a territorial invasion” and “swift and severe measures to North Korea’s provocations pay a clear price.” “

On Tuesday, North Korea warned that it would retaliate with “powerful” measures against the joint announced by the United States and South Korea.

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