November 23, 2010 / 11:31 AM / in 8 years

S.Korea says it test-fired in area before N.Korea firing

SEOUL, Nov 23 (Reuters) - South Korea said it was conducting regular military drills off the west coast before North Korea started firing dozens of shells, but that its firing exercises did not aim to the North.

“We were conducting usual military drills and our test shots were aimed toward the west, not the north,” a South Korean military official said.

North Korea said on Tuesday that Seoul had initiated firing of shells, prompting it to take an instant military action. [ID:nTOE6AM05B]

Reporting by Ju-min Park, writing by Miyoung Kim; Editing by Yoo Choonsik

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