North Korea: Those Artillery Rounds Just 'Construction'
South Korea calls North's explanation 'a usual nonsensical claim'
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2011 6:49 AM CDT
South Korean marines wait before boarding a ship leaving for Yeonpyeong island in the western waters, at Incheon port, South Korea today.   (AP Photo/Yongap, Ha Sa-hun)
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(Newser) – South Korea says the North's explanation for yesterday's exchange of fire along the Northern Limit Line is a bunch of malarkey, reports the Wall Street Journal. The North claims that it didn't fire any weapons, but in fact the South simply mistook "normal blasting" from construction work. "It's a usual nonsensical claim from North Korea. We don't feel any need to respond it," said a spokesman for South Korea's Defense Ministry. South Korea maintains that the North fired five rounds of artillery in two bursts toward the disputed border region in the Yellow Sea that divides the Koreas.