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North Korean, South Korean navies trade fire on disputed border

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South Korea Navy via Yonhap/AP/File

(Read caption) This undated photo released by the South Korea Navy on Tuesday, shows the same type of South Korean Navy patrol boats that were involved in a naval clash with a North Korean ship Tuesday.

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North and South Korean naval forces exchanged fire in disputed waters off their west coast Tuesday, the first such incident in seven years. No South Korean casualties were reported, but the North Korean ship was badly damaged during the skirmish. Each navy is blaming the other for the incident, which analysts believe will heighten tensions between the two Koreas in the runup to US President Barack Obama's visit to the region, scheduled for mid-November.

According to South Korean officials, their ship issued warnings before opening fire on a vessel from the North, reports CNN.

North Korea, in turn, contends that its ship did not cross the border, reports the BBC.

The BBC adds that both Seoul and Pyongyang have demanded an apology for the incident. The Koreas' standoff on the issue comes weeks after North Korea's navy accused the South of sending warships across their maritime border and threatened retaliation.


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