- May 4, 2009
Korean naval ships 'clash at sea'
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8351738.stmThere has been a clash between ships from the rival navies of North and South Korea, according to the South Korean news agency Yonhap.
The agency says that a South Korean warship fired a shot at a North Korean vessel which crossed the demarcation line off their western coast.
The North Korean ship returned fire, but no injuries are reported so far.
The two navies have engaged in deadly exchanges twice along their western sea border in the past decade.
In October, North Korea's navy accused South Korea of sending warships across their maritime border to stir tensions, and warned that further incursions could spark retaliations.
The communist state's navy said that on one day alone, ships had crossed the boundary 10 times.
South Korea recognises the Northern Limit Line, drawn unilaterally by the US-led United Nations Command at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, which has never been accepted by North Korea.
In 1999 a North Korean ship was sunk and several vessels from both sides were damaged during an exchange of fire.
In 2002 four South Korean sailors and an estimated 30 North Koreans were killed in a 20-minute battle.