NKorea holds apparent drill as US, SKorea talk

December 8, 2010 07:58


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SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea launched apparent artillery drills Wednesday as the top US and South Korean military leaders held talks on the peninsula's security worries following a deadly North Korean artillery strike last month.

As the US chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, and his South Korean counterpart, Gen. Han Min-koo, met behind closed doors in Seoul, North Korea staged apparent firing exercises near the disputed western sea border.

North Korean shells landed in the country's own waters north of Baengnyeong island, a South Korean military official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity, citing military rules.

Mullen and Han, their militaries' top uniformed officers, were expected to discuss ways to deter future North Korean aggression. Their meeting ended Wednesday morning, the military official said, without providing further details.

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