Hagel warns North Korea's "provocative actions" must stop
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 00:41
March 31 - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warns North Korea that their ''provocative actions'' must stop, after firing more than 100 artillery rounds into South Korean waters. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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North Korea fired more than 100 artillery rounds into South Korean waters as part of a drill on Monday, prompting the South to fire back, officials in Seoul said, but the exercise appeared to be more saber-rattling from Pyongyang rather than the start of a military standoff.
During a press briefing at the Pentagon, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned North Korea that these actions must stop.
"The North Koreans have to stop these provocative actions. And we've been very clear on that. Obviously when I'm in China, that will be a subject that I will discuss with my counterpart in China," Hagel said.
North Korea also accused the South of "gangster-like" behavior at the weekend by "abducting" one of its fishing boats and threatened to retaliate. The South said it had sent the boat back after it drifted into its waters.
The North had flagged its intentions to conduct the exercise in response to U.N. condemnation of last week's missile launches by Pyongyang and against what it says are threatening military drills in the South by U.S. forces.
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