It is reported that as North Korean ship crossed the disputed western sea border, South Korean naval ship fired warning shots. North Korean ship fired back. During a two-minute exchange of fire, the North Korean ship caught fire and was heavily damaged. One North Korean officer was believed killed and three other sailors wounded. The South Korean ship was only lightly damaged and there were no South Korean causalities.
North Korea has demanded an apology from South Korea for the exchange of fire near the disputed Yellow Sea border calling it a grave armed provocation. In the past both the Navies had clashed in 1999 and 2002.
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