North Korea warns of war after exchange of fire with South

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PYONGYANG: North Korea on Friday declared its frontline troops in a “quasi-state of war” after rival South Korea fired dozens of artillery rounds across the its border.

The North’s declaration could signal trouble because South Korea has vowed to hit back with overwhelming strength should North Korea attack again.

North Korea says it did not fire anything, a claim Seoul called nonsense.

The two sides traded artillery fire over their heavily fortified border on Thursday afternoon, according to the South Korean Defense Ministry.

Two shells came from the North Korean side, the ministry said, and South Korea fired dozens of shells in response.

No casualties were reported from the exchange of fire.