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S. Korea-US live-fire drills continue

02-22-2012 13:52 BJT

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South Korean and the US militaries are continuing joint drills near western border islands with the DPRK. The drill began on Monday, despite Pyongyang's warning of "merciless retaliation" if provoked.

The drills were held in waters off South Korea's western border islands of Yeonpyeong and Baengnyeong, near a tense Yellow Sea border that the DPRK refuses to acknowledge. Seoul's Ministry of National Defense says the drills near the five border islands in the Yellow Sea are "routine".

The South notified the DPRK of the planned drill through its representatives at the truce village of Panmunjom.

In response, the DPRK military issued a notice Sunday, denouncing the drill as "a premeditated military provocation", and vowing to make "promptly merciless retaliatory strikes" if the South violated its territorial waters during the drill.

The South Korean military has staged five similar drills in the same waters since Jan. 26.



Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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