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South Korean spy chief predicts more attacks

12-02-2010 08:43 BJT Special Report:DPRK, S. Korea Exchange Fire |

The US and South Korean Wednesday ended a major show of military strength to deter North Korea from repeating last week's deadly artillery bombardment, but South Korea's spy chief said new attacks by Pyongyang are likely.

The allies' biggest-ever joint military exercise, which saw jet fighters thunder through the sky above a major US carrier battle group, began days after Pyongyang stunned the world with an artillery strike on a South Korean border island killing four, the AFP reported.

"The danger of further attacks from North Korea is high," Seoul's spy chief was quoted as telling a closed session of parliament's intelligence committee.

The National Intelligence Service director Won Sei-Hoon was quoted as telling the committee that South Korea's electronic surveillance back in August suggested that North Korea was then planning to attack one of frontline islands near the disputed Yellow Sea border.

Pyongyang says its November 23 attack on Yeonpyeong island was in retaliation for South Korean shells landing in its territorial waters during a military drill earlier that day.

The South's military said the allies would repeat the naval exercises, which demonstrate a firm commitment to "sternly respond to any North Korean provocation".

"We have been in consultations with the US to carry out several rounds of joint military drills to deal with limited provocations by the enemy," Colonel Kim Young-Cheol of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was quoted as saying by Yonhap news agency. No dates have been set.

The four-day drill went off without incident even though North Korea had warned it brought the peninsula to "the brink of war". Still, South Korea was taking no chances and was deploying surface-to-air missiles on Yeonpyeong Island.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: People's Daily

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