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N Korea at crossroads

Two Koreas exchange warning shots near maritime border

North Korea's military says it fired 10 artillery shells amid tensions

 A missile launch is seen at an undisclosed location in North Korea, in this undated photo released on Oct. 10 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).   © Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) -- North and South Korea exchanged warning shots off the west coast on Monday, accusing each other of breaching their western maritime border amid heightened military tension.

The South's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said it broadcast warnings and fired warning shots to see off a North Korean merchant vessel that crossed the Northern Limit Line (NLL), the de facto sea boundary, at around 3:40 a.m.

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