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N. Korea notifies South of planned live-fire drills in western sea

All Headlines 10:13 March 31, 2014

SEOUL, March 31 (Yonhap) -- North Korea notified South Korea of its plan to conduct live-fire drills near the tensely guarded western sea on Monday, calling for control of vessels near the region, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

The North Korean military faxed the South Korea's Second Fleet headquarters at 8:00 a.m. to announce the fire drills in seven border regions, north of the Northern Limit Line (NLL), later in the day.

"North Korea demanded South Korea control its vessels before it holds the live-fire drills," a JCS official said.

Pyongyang didn't disclose the specific time of the planned exercise.

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