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North Korea’s latest border skirmish with the South
Days after South Korean President Park Geun-hye declared the inevitability of reunification, North Korea opened fire across a disputed sea border on March 31. South Korea, which also found an unmanned drone in the area, responded by firing back.
WHY DID IT OPEN FIRE?
To send a message. If Pyongyang wanted to hit South Korea, it could have. Instead North Korea relayed a warning, faxing–yes, faxing–South Korea’s navy to ask it to clear the area. There were no reported injuries.
IS THE TIMING SIGNIFICANT?
Yes. The shelling coincided with annual U.S.–South Korea military drills.