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South Korea stages live-fire drill near disputed sea border

Published on Dec 26, 2012 6:00 PM
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This picture taken on Nov 19, 2012, and released on Nov 22, 2012, shows South Korean soldiers taking part in a live-fire exercise on Yeonpyeong island near the disputed Yellow Sea border. South Korean Marines staged a live-fire exercise on Wednesday near the disputed Yellow Sea border with North Korea amid high tensions over a display of front-line Christmas lights. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korean Marines staged a live-fire exercise on Wednesday near the disputed Yellow Sea border with North Korea amid high tensions over a display of front-line Christmas lights.

The exercise involving self-propelled howitzers and a multiple rocket launch system was held on two islands - Baengnyeong and Yeonpyeong, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

Hundreds of island residents evacuated into safe zones during the two-hour drill, but there was no response from the North, it said.

A similar drill on Yeonpyeong in 2010 provoked a North Korean artillery barrage which killed four people and sparked international alarm.

 
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