Disputed sea border:North Korea threatens South Korea of retaliatory strikes

North Korea warned South Korea of “merciless retaliatory strikes”, a day after the South fired warning shots at North Korean military  vessels  near their disputed sea border.
The North’s military General Staff said from now on it would open fire without warning at any South Korean ships if they intrude “even 0.001 millimetres” into disputed waters in the Yellow Sea.

In a statement released through state media, the General Staff of North Korea’s Korean People’s Army called the South’s action a “reckless military provocation” meant to kill the chances for dialogue between the countries.

The KPA said that the North Korean ships repelled by the South Korean navy were unarmed and said it will directly fire without warning at South Korean warships if they intrude the sea border by “even 0.001 millimeters.”

“This reckless military provocation was evidently prompted by a premeditated sinister plot to bedevil the North-South relations and further aggravate the tension on the Korean Peninsula,” the KPA said about Friday’s incident.

Minor incidents  happen regularly on the western sea border, which was drawn unilaterally by the American-led U.N. command at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War and which the North does not recognize.

The European Union (EU) on Friday adopted additional restrictive measures against North Korea on trade, financial services, investment and transport.

In the trade sector, additional measures include prohibition of the import of petroleum products and luxury goods from the country, prohibition of the supply, sale or transfer to the country of additional items, materials, equipment relating to dual-use goods and technology and ban on any public financial support for trade with the country.

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