North and South Korea exchange fire
No casualties as artillery shots fired into the air near disputed sea border.
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2010 03:07 GMT
North Korea declared a 'no-sail zone' near the disputed sea border on Tuesday [AFP]

North and South Korea have exchanged artillery fire near a disputed sea border off the west coast of the peninsula, South Korea's Yonhap news agency quoted government officials as saying.

South Korea's presidential Blue House said the two sides fired into the air on Wednesday and there were no casualties, according to Yonhap.

Seoul's national security officials scrambled for an emergency meeting over the exchange of fire on Wednesday.

North Korea declared a "no-sail zone" in the Yellow Sea waters on Tuesday, in a sign that it might fire artillery or short-range missiles.

The area is near a contested sea border between the rival Koreas that was the site of a brief naval clash in November between the two states which are technically still at war.

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