KBS is reporting that a naval skirmish between North and South Korean patrol boats took place this morning in the West Sea.
The Defense Ministry is saying a North Korean patrol boat crossed the NLL near Daecheong-do at around 11:30am, prompting the South Korean navy to fire a warning shot. The North Korean boat ignored this, and the South Koreans attacked. Or so the ministry said.
Looks like KBS updated/corrected their piece — the Joint Chiefs is saying the North Korean patrol boat came across the line, the South Korean patrol boat warned them by radio several times and then fired a warning shot, to which the North Koreans then fired on the South Koreans. The North Koreans fired about 50 rounds, of which 15 hit the South Korean ship, causing no real damage. What followed was a two-minute fire-fight that ended with the North Korean patrol boat retreating back across the NLL in flames.
The South Koreans suffered no losses, as far as the ministry knows.
A government source, meanwhile, told KBS that the matter ended with the North Korean boat retreating. Oddly enough, he said it appears the North Korean boat crossed the NLL to chase away a Chinese
pirate fishing boat illegally operating in Korean waters. The source also said it has yet to be confirmed who fired first and that the ROK Navy responded according to the rules of engagement.
This was the first inter-Korean naval incident in seven years.