September 27, 2023

How a disputed sea border could trigger North and South Korea’s next big crisis

Recent artillery shootouts in the Yellow Sea harken back to deadly DPRK attacks on civilians and military in past

With inter-Korean tensions high and a key military agreement increasingly at risk, a shootout on Monday morning provided a reminder of why the waters of the Yellow Sea could spark the next crisis on the peninsula.

Early in the morning, South Korea said it fired warning shots after a North Korean merchant ship strayed into its territorial waters. The DPRK maintained that the South’s claims were just an “excuse” and sent a “grave warning” against two ROK ships that it said intruded into its waters.