PYONGYANG, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- The command of the southwestern front of the Korean People's Army (KPA) has blasted South Korean military for firing shells at fishing boats of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday, the official KCNA news agency reported Wednesday.
"This military provocation was perpetrated under a carefully premeditated plan," said the report released by the KPA command.
The South Korean military said they fired several warning shots Tuesday at a fishing boat from the DPRK that crossed the Northern Limit Line (NLL), a disputed maritime demarcation line in waters between the DPRK and South Korea, after which the boat retreated from the NLL.
But the DPRK claimed Seoul's true intention behind this "reckless provocation" is that South Korea, "recently stuck in public criticism for Sewol ferry disaster and death of a bullied soldier, tried to divert people's attention from domestic scandals." Seoul also intended to find a pretext for conducting Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint military drill by inducing the DPRK to take counter measures, it added.
The command also warned South Korea against misjudging the patience of the KPA officers and soldiers on the southwestern front, saying they have the unshakable will to "make retaliatory shelling" and to "take merciless actions to blow up Paekryong Island, Yonphyong Island, Taechong Island and others."