South Korea has evacuated residents from area of its western border with North Korea following an artillery attack from the North.
The unprovoked attack which was aimed at Yeoncheon, a town north-west of Seoul happened at around 4pm local time (7am GMT) and is believed to have been targeting a loudspeaker used by the South for anti-Pyongyang messages.
South Korea responded with a battery of 155mm Shells aimed at the point where the attack was believed to have originated from north of the border.
No claims of injury or damage have been made by either side.
North Korea and South Korea are still technically at war as the Korean War, which pitted the communist north, backed by Russia and China against the free South backed by the USA and lasted 3 years from 1950-1953, ended with an armistice leaving the country deeply divided.
North Korea has recently stepped up anti-west rhetoric as fears grow about its Nuclear Weapons programme and recently threatened to “invade the USA”. The insular and bizarre nature of North Korea has often left its leader Kim Jong-Un, along with his deceased father Kim Jong-il, subject to ridicule in the west over the oppression and ideas that exceed there capabilities.