(SEOUL, South Korea) -- North and South Korea engaged in an exchange of artillery fire Wednesday close to the disputed Northern Limit Line in the Yellow Sea.
According to a South Korean defense ministry official, it was soldiers from North Korea who started the confrontation by firing three rounds, all of which wound up in the water, while the South responded by shooting three rounds of its own that also failed to hit land.
The hostilities are the most serious since North Korea shelled Yeonpyeong Island last November, killing two South Korean troops and two civilians. Earlier in 2010, a South Korea vessel sank in the Yellow Sea, resulting in the deaths of 46 sailors. Pyongyang was blamed for sinking the boat -- a charge it still denies.
Lately, the two countries seemed to be moving toward reconciliation as officials from both governments discussed renewing multilateral talks on Pyongyang’s controversial nuclear weapons program.
While North and South Korea have not engaged in a ground battle since 1953, the two sides are still technically at war since no formal peace treaty was ever signed.
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