North Korea and neighbouring South Korea have exchanged shelling, with residents near the border forced to flee their homes, according to local media reports.
Soldiers from dictator Kim Jung-Un's ministry allegedly fired at a loudspeaker blaring anti-Pyongyang broadcasts recently.
Residents near the western border were evacuated by South Korean officials, before the country's army began retaliating with dozens of 155mm artillery shells.
The country also announced it would convene a national security council session to consider further plans.
Artillery fire has not been exchanged between the two countries since March 2014.