S. Korea delays firing drills amid N. Korea threat

December 18, 2010 19:50

YEONPYEONG ISLAND, South Korea — Military maneuvers planned by South Korean troops will be delayed because of bad weather on a border island shelled by North Korea last month, as Russia and China expressed concerns over rising tensions on the divided peninsula.

The North warned Friday that it would strike even harder than before if the South went ahead with its planned drills. Four people died last month in the North's attack on Yeonpyeong Island near the tense sea border.

The US supports South Korea, saying the country has a right to conduct such a military exercise. However, Russia's Foreign Ministry expressed its "extreme concern" Friday over the drills and urged South Korea to cancel it to prevent a further escalation of tensions.

On Saturday, Russia requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on North Korea, UN diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Council members were discussing the timing of the meeting, which is expected to be held this weekend.

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