Kim Jong Un Fires Artillery Shells As 'Serious Warning' To South Korea For 'Irritating Provocative' Drills

Kim Jong Un's North Korean military fired more artillery shells on Wednesday into waters off its coast for the second day in a row to send a "serious warning" to South Korea.

What Happened: North Korea on Tuesday also fired artillery shells off its east and west coasts in a warning for its ‘enemy' after South Korea kicked off its annual Hoguk defense drills, the state media KCNA Watch reported. 

See Also: Trump Showed 'Love Letters' From Kim Jong Un To Journalist Knowing They Were 'Top Secret:' Report

Seoul's joint chiefs of staff said in the first round, North Korea launched some 100 shells into the sea off its west coast around 10 p.m. (local time) on Tuesday and shot a further 150 rounds off its east coast. Roughly 100 shells were fired from South Hwanghae province into the West Sea at 12:30 p.m. (local time) on Wednesday, according to Agence France-Presse.

A spokesman for the general staff of Kim's Korean People's Army (KPA) said the latest move was in response to Seoul firing over dozens of shells of multiple rocket launchers near the frontline. "Our Army strongly warns the enemy forces to immediately stop the highly irritating provocative act in the frontline areas," he said.

Kim's isolated nation added that the shots were designed to send a "serious warning" and "powerful military countermeasure" to South Korea.

Check out more of Benzinga's Europe and Asia coverage by following this link.

Market News and Data brought to you by Benzinga APIs
Posted In: NewsPoliticsEurasiaKim Jong UnNorth KoreaSouth Korea
Benzinga simplifies the market for smarter investing

Trade confidently with insights and alerts from analyst ratings, free reports and breaking news that affects the stocks you care about.

Join Now: Free!