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Tensions Persist as North Korea Fires Artillery Shells Towards Disputed Maritime Border
Government Warning Issued for South Korea
Severity: 2 (Low)
Source: Drum Cussac
07/14/2014 (South Korea) – On Monday, 14 July, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) announced that North Korea had fired dozens of artillery shells during a live-fire drill near a disputed maritime border. According to the JCS, the drill began at around 0300 UTC, near the eastern tip of the demilitarised zone that bisects the Korean peninsula.
The aforementioned development took place as South Korean border troops are already on heightened alert after a series of short-range ballistic missile tests by Pyongyang in recent weeks. The most recent firing was on 13 July, when two Scud missiles were fired into the Sea of Japan (East Sea). Earlier missile tests took place before the two-day state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Seoul on 3-4 July. It was reportedly the first time in decades that a Chinese leader visited the South before Pyongyang. There is likelihood that the North’s recent posturing is in protest of an upcoming joint naval exercise between the South Korea and United States (US) navies, scheduled from 16 to 21 July.
United Nations (UN) resolutions bar Pyongyang from carrying out launches using ballistic missile technology. However, South Korean officials have confirmed that since 21 February 2014, the North had carried out at least 90 test firings of missiles, artillery and rockets. More than 10 tests were reportedly ballistic launches. Such provocations and threats from North Korea have been perceived as mainly rhetorical. However, several of its military actions have led to causalities. In November 2010, four people were killed after North Korea launched a heavy artillery barrage on Yeonpyeong, a group of South Korean islands in the Yellow Sea.
Clients and travellers in South Korea are advised to closely monitor the latest related developments that can have an impact on personnel and asset safety, travel plans and business continuity. Personnel operating in the vicinity of contested areas should promptly abide by all orders issued by South Korean authorities.
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