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North Korean Naval Boat Crosses Disputed Sea Boundary With South

A North Korean naval boat crossed the disputed Yellow Sea boundary yesterday, a South Korean official said, as the U.S. and the South kicked off annual military exercises.

The initial crossing by a patrol boat estimated to weigh 420 tons occurred at 10:56 p.m. near the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min Seok said today at a briefing in Seoul. The North Korean boat turned around when the South Korean Navy sent a radio message warning of a “stern” countermeasure, Kim said.