U.S. Marines and Sailors assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, forward deployed to the 3rd Marine Division, as part of the forward Unit Deployed Program and Republic of Korea (ROK) Marines share Military Operations on Urbanized Terrain (MOUT) training tactics at Training Area Sheep Seven, South Korea, June 16, 2017. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David A. Diggs)
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's military fired warning shots toward a North Korean merchant boat with engine trouble that violated their sea border on Wednesday, South Korean officials said.
The vessel was detected crossing the inter-Korean maritime frontier at around 6:40 a.m. (2140 GMT Tuesday) near a South Korean border island off the west coast, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.
The South Korean military issued a warning and fired shots into the water near the ship to drive it away.