South Korea prepared to launch its largest ever live-fire military drills near the tense North Korean border Wednesday. Meanwhile, Pyongyang toned down its rhetoric, saying it would not respond to provocations.
AFP - South Korea prepared Wednesday for a major live-fire drill involving fighter jets and tanks near the tense North Korean border, as Seoul and Washington reacted warily to overtures from Pyongyang.
South Korea's military said Thursday's ground and air firing exercise 20 kilometres (12 miles) south of the mainland border would also involve self-propelled guns and 800 soldiers.
Although similar drills have been held at the same firing range at Pocheon many times before, the latest exercise comes with Seoul on high alert for a possible attack from its wayward neighbour.
South Korea's navy meanwhile began a four-day firing drill Wednesday off the east coast, a relatively distant 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of the border with the North, mobilising six warships plus helicopters.
The military said it would practise responses to intrusions by North Korean submarines and patrol boats.
Date created : 2010-12-22