Dec 20, 2010


South Korea Prepares for Live Fire Artillery Exercises Near Border

  • Dec 20, 2010
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  • The United Nations Security Council's emergency talks on easing Korean tensions have ended without an agreement, just hours before South Korea was due to begin an artillery exercise on the border island that North Korean guns attacked last month which killed two civilians and two marines and destroyed 29 homes in an artillery attack on Yeonpyeong island, sending regional tensions soaring.

    North Korea has warned South Korea that there could be "catastrophic" effects if the South Korean military goes ahead with its plans to live fire drill  and  disputed area around Yeonpyeong Island.

    As preparations went ahead Monday for the live-fire drill - a military exercise using live ammunition - the South Korean military had ordered everyone on Yeonpyeong and adjacent islands into air-raid shelters.

    There were unconfirmed reports that the artillery exercise would be delayed several hours, until the afternoon, due to foggy weather.

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