SEOUL - North Korea said early on Thursday
that blasts heard from its territory that led to retaliatory
warning shots from the South on Wednesday were only the sounds
of building work at a construction site.
"There was normal blasting in the area of South Hwanghae
Province close to the five islands in the West Sea of Korea on
August 10 as part of the brisk construction of a gigantic object
aimed at improving the standard of people's living," KCNA state
news agency reported.
In two separate incidents on Wednesday, the South issued
verbal warnings and fired warning shots toward the maritime
South Korean military officials said it appeared the North
had been conducting drills off the west coast of the divided
peninsula and that some shells had landed close to the maritime