BBC NEWS: North Korea holds live-fire drill near disputed border

A North Korean soldier looks on at the South side at the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarised Zone dividing the two Koreas on 12 March 2014 Last month, the two Koreas traded artillery fire across the disputed western sea border

North Korea has begun a live-fire drill near the disputed inter-Korean western maritime border, South Korean officials say.

It is the second time in a month that Pyongyang has carried out such exercises.

South Korea's defence ministry said it was notified early on Tuesday that drills would take place near two islands west of the Korean peninsula.

A South Korean spokesman said its military was "fully prepared". READ MORE

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