In response to maneuvers by its southern neighbor, North Korea fires more artillery shells

North Korea said on Tuesday it had ordered military units to fire more artillery shells in sea, according to the official North Korean Central News Agency, in response to exercises in course in South Korea with the participation of the United States.

This comes a day after North Korea announced it had fired more than 130 bullets in sea ​​off its eastern and western coasts, some of which have landed in a buffer zone near the maritime border between the two Koreas.

Seoul called it a violation of the 2018 inter-Korean agreement to reduce tension.

US and South Korean forces have been conducting firing exercises near the border since Monday. Allies say the exercises are needed to deter nuclear-armed North Korea, which quest’year tested a number record of missiles and prepares to take back the test nuclear for the first time since 2017.

Pyongyang has sharply criticized the joint exercises, calling them provocative and evidence of hostile policies from Seoul and Washington.

“The enemy must immediately stop the provocative military operations in thearea near the front lines,” the KCNA news agency said, quoting a North Korean military spokesman.

The spokesman said that in addition to the artillery fire, the North Korean military has issued an emergency alert order for combat units at all levels and ordered soldiers to step up surveillance.

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