Ref: North Korea has fired dozens of artillery shells onto a South Korean island, killing at least one person and triggering an exchange of fire as southern armed forces went on their highest state of alert.
Images on local TV showed huge plumes of smoke rising from Yeonpyeong island
In what appeared to be one of the most serious border incidents since the 1950-53 war, South Korea’s government convened in an underground war room during the incident on Tuesday.
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Ref: South Korea began naval drills off its west coast Thursday to strengthen its ability to counter any North Korean provocation despite Pyongyang’s latest threat to retaliate over the war games.
The drills, which follow joint military exercises with the US last month off the east coast, are set to run through Monday and will include exercises in areas near the disputed western sea border with North Korea. They involve about 4,500 South Korean troops, more than 20 ships and submarines, and about 50 aircraft, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Read more →
Ref:North Korea has threatened a “physical reponse” to upcoming joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea, saying they pose a grave danger to security in the region.
The warning came from Ri Tong-il, a member of North Korea’s delegation to the Asean Regional Forum, Asia’s largest security summit, in Hanoi on Thursday. Read more →