The Straits Times
Published on Nov 19, 2012

S. Korea to hold drill on island shelled by North


SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea will hold a military drill this week on a border island shelled by North Korea in 2010, marking the second anniversary of an attack that triggered fears of a full-scale conflict.

Friday's drill will feature field and simulated exercises by marines stationed on Yeonpyeong island as well as other naval forces, said a Marine Corps spokesman.

"The exercise will be held... based on various scenarios of provocations and attacks by the enemy," he said on Monday.

The spokesman said the drill would not involve any live-fire exercises - a possible compromise aimed at averting a military response from Pyongyang.