Fox News on October 7, 2014, published an AP report on warships from the rival Koreas exchanging warning shots after a North Korean ship briefly violated the disputed western sea boundary, a South Korean defense official said. Excerpts below:

The shots were fired into the sea and there have been no reports of injuries and damage to the ships of either side, the official said on condition of anonymity, citing office policy.

Such exchanges are not uncommon at the sea boundary, the scene of several deadly maritime skirmishes between the Koreas in recent years.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye on October 6 stressed the need to hold high-level talks on a regular basis, saying she hopes North Korea would show how sincere it is about improving ties.

The South Korean official said the North Korean ship was in South Korea-controlled waters for about 10 minutes before it retreated to its waters. He said a South Korea navy ship first broadcast a warning and then fired warning shots before the North Korean ship fired back at waters near the South Korean ship. The South Korean ship returned fire into the sea near the North Korean ship, the official said.

The Korean Peninsula remains at a technical state of war because the Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

(Comment: In the present situation an extensive leaflet campaign is needed against North Korea providing truthful information about ongoing demonstrations in Hongkongagainst the regime in Beijing. It would show to the North Koreans that their is hope for changes in the oppressive marxist-leninist system).


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