SEOUL, July 14 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Monday fired artillery shells into its eastern waters from a region just north of the military demarcation line, a South Korean military official said.
The official told Xinhua on the phone that the DPRK launched artillery shells from the region some hundreds of meters north of the Demilitarized Zone in Goseong, a South Korean border town around 220 km northeast of Seoul.
The shells, which were fired from 11:53 a.m. local time toward its northeastern waters, landed in waters some 1-8 km north of the Northern Limit Line, the disputed sea boundary in the East Sea.
South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported earlier that about 100 rounds were launched, but the official said how many were fired had yet to be confirmed, noting the military strengthened defense readiness against additional firings.
The shells were believed to be fired from the 122-caliber multiple-rocket launchers as part of the DPRK's firing exercise.
It was the DPRK's 15th launch of missiles or artillery shells this year. The DPRK launched more than 90 short- and medium-range missiles and shells since Feb. 21.
Pyongyang recently escalated tensions on the Korean Peninsula by firing missiles and shells five times in less than three weeks.
On July 13, the DPRK launched two short-range ballistic missiles into the eastern waters from its southern border city of Kaesong. The missiles flew about 500 km.
The DPRK also fired two short-range missiles, which were presumed to be Scud, from a site in Hwanghae Province in a northeasterly direction into its eastern waters on July 9.
The DPRK launched two Scud missiles, which flew 500 km, into its east waters on June 29 after firing three KN-09 shells with a range of 190 km on June 26.
A South Korean government source was quoted by local media as saying that South Korea and the United States will raise the issue of the DPRK's recent missile launches with the UN Security Council.
The launches came ahead of a joint maritime exercise that will involve U.S. aircraft carrier USS George Washington and South Korean battleships in southern and southwestern waters off the Korean Peninsula from July 16 to July 21.
After the six-day drill, South Korea, the United States and Japan will hold a joint naval exercise, called Search and Rescue Exercise or SAREX, from July 21 to July 22 in international waters south of South Korea's southern resort island of Jeju.
The exercise will mobilize the USS George Washington, three ships and an aircraft form the United States, two ships and an aircraft from South Korea, and a ship and an aircraft from Japan.
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