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Artillery firing in self-defense: DPRK

11-25-2010 08:58 BJT Special Report:DPRK, S. Korea Exchange Fire |

PYONGYANG, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said in a statement Wednesday that DPRK military measures taken in the exchange of artillery fire with South Korea on Nov. 23 were in self-defense, the official news agency KCNA reported.

According to the statement, despite the DPRK military repeatedly warning South Korea that if its shells fell into the territorial waters of DPRK, it would retaliate, South Korea still fired dozens of shells into the territorial waters of the DPRK, openly provoking the DPRK.

The DPRK immediately took self-defense measures, firing at South Korea's artillery position the Yonphyong Islet, according to the spokesman.

Although South Korea said its artillery fire was southward from Yonphyong Islet, the islet is an island in the territorial waters of DPRK. Thus, no matter what it was aimed toward, all of the shells would fall into the territorial waters of the DPRK.

If the DPRK hadn't taken any measures, it would have meant the waters around Yonphyong Islet are territorial waters of South Korea, the spokesman said.

The U.S and its allies and some international institutions accused the DPRK without truth of the event, pouring oil on the flames, the spokesman added.

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