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North Korea fires artillery off west coast

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Tensions between North and South Korea are showing no signs of easing.

South Korea's military says the North fired about 110 rounds of artillery today near its disputed sea border with South Korea. A military official says all of the shells landed harmlessly in North Korean waters.

The firing came shortly after South Korea ended five days of naval drills off the western coast. North Korea called those drills a rehearsal for an invasion, and vowed to retaliate.

The tensions have escalated after the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship, which was blamed on North Korea.

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