SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea carried out a live-fire drill near the disputed sea border with South Korea Thursday for the second consecutive day, snubbing calls from Seoul not to escalate cross-border tensions.
The drill began at 7:10 p.m. (1010 GMT) near a South Korean front-line island close to the maritime border in the Yellow Sea, the South’s Defense Ministry said.
“South Korean troops are keeping a tight guard against any provocations from North Korea,” a ministry spokesman told AFP.
South Korea has vowed to react “sternly” if North Korean shells fell south of the border.
South Korea accused North Korea of firing about 130 shells from a war ship and its coast artillery for 85 minutes from 9 p.m. on Wednesday near the sea border.
No artillery rounds fired by North Korea late Wednesday landed on the south side of the border, but Seoul urged Pyongyang to stop its “threatening act.”
The North’s military has said it would stage the firing drills between Wednesday and midnight Friday in its territorial waters.