North Korea fired a missile towards the South, crossing the maritime boundary between the two countries for the first time since the Korean split.

The short-range ballistic missile landed in waters off South Korea’s east coast and near Ulleungdo Island.

Residents have been asked to move to underground shelters in this incident.

South Korean officials say Pyongyang fired at least 10 missiles from its east coast on Wednesday morning.

Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missiles were fired in different directions…east and west.

President Pyongyang has ordered a swift response to the latest launch.

On Wednesday morning, both South Korean and Japanese authorities recorded the missiles, one of which crossed the North’s border.

The missile fell about 26 kilometers (16 mi) south of the maritime border, 57 kilometers east of the South Korean city of Sokcho and 167 kilometers northwest of Ulleungdo Island.

South Korean authorities immediately condemned the missile launch. President Yoon Suk-yeol called a meeting of the National Security Cabinet.

The missiles were launched a day after Pyongyang warned the US and South Korea this week to halt joint military exercises around the peninsula.

(02 November/FA)