North and South Korea OPEN FIRE as they blast warning shots and artillery rockets after sea clash in dramatic escalation

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NORTH and South Korea have opened fire with warning shots and artillery rockets amid boiling tensions between the two states.

An earlier clash between the two at sea caused North Korea to fire ten artillery rockets off its west coast early on Monday.

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North Korea fired ten artillery rockets early on Monday[/caption]

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South Korean military had fired warning shots at a North Korean boat that crossed the two Koreas’ maritime border around 3.50 am, the North’s official KCNA said. 

In response, North Korea fired ten shells from multiple rocket launchers at around 5:15 am ( 20.15 GMT) a spokesman for the General Staff of the North Korean People’s Army said.

The South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said it sent back a North Korean merchant vessel that crossed the Northern Limit Line (NLL), the de facto sea boundary between the two Koreas.

“The General Staff of the Korean People’s Army … ordered to fire ten shots from multiple rocket launchers to sternly send back the enemy’s vessel,” the North Korean spokesman said in a statement carried by the KCNA.

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