North Korea accuses South of ‘reckless’ drills along sea border

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (AP) — North Korea threatened yesterday to retaliate against South Korea for “reckless” military drills near their disputed sea boundary, but the South denied any training in the immediate area, the scene of several bloody naval skirmishes in recent years.

The wrangling came five days after South Korea accused the North of initiating an exchange of gunfire along their land border.

No casualties were reported, but the incident was a reminder of persistent tensions on the peninsula.

North Korea’s Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces accused South Korea of mobilising fighter jets and warships for drills on their western sea boundary on Wednesday.

“Such reckless move of the military warmongers of the south side is the height of the military confrontation,” it said in a statement.