North Korea Threatens Attack If South’s Navy Crosses Boundary

North Korea threatened to attack South Korean naval boats if they cross the disputed sea boundary between the countries.

South Korean naval boats trespassed over the Yellow Sea boundary two to three times a day between May 1 and May 7, provoking front-line North Korean troops, North Korea’s southwestern military command said Friday in a statement carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency.

In October, naval boats of North Korea and South Korea exchanged warning fire near the Northern Limit Line, drawn by a U.S. commander at the end of the Korean War and disputed by North Korea. The two countries’ navies have engaged in three deadly skirmishes since 1999 near the boundary.

The North Korean threat rekindles military tensions that had abated on the peninsula since two months of U.S.-South Korean military drills ended on April 24. Kim Jong Un’s regime called the drills preparations for invasion, while the U.S. and South Korea called them defensive.