The Straits Times
Published on Dec 26, 2012

South Korea stages live-fire drill near disputed sea border


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.