Posted By: Teresa |NwoReport

The exchange of warning shots comes amid heightened tensions between the Koreas South Korea exchanged warning shots with its northern neighbor early Monday and both country’s militaries are accusing the other of violating their sea boundaries. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said its navy fired warning shots to repel a North Korean merchant ship that it says violated the sea boundary.

The poorly marked sea boundary off the Korean Peninsula’s west coast is a source of long-running animosities between the Koreas. It’s a scene of several bloody inter-Korean naval skirmishes and violence in recent years, including the two attacks in 2010 that killed 50 South Koreans.

Seoul and Washington routinely conduct military drills to maintain their readiness against potential North Korean aggression. The allies say their drills are defensive in nature, but North Korea views them as a dress rehearsal for invasion.