South Korea to stage firing drills from border island

December 16, 2010 11:15

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea said Thursday it will fire artillery from a front-line island shelled last month by North Korea, a move that risked further confrontation even as a US governor traveled to the North in a diplomatic effort to cool tensions.

the Joint Chiefs of Staffs said in a statement that marines based on Yeonpyeong Island, a tiny fishing community with military bases near the Koreas' disputed sea border, will stage one-day live-fire drills some time between Saturday and Tuesday. Weather and other factors will determine the exact time.The South Korean statement said the impending Yeonpyeong drills are part of "routine, justified" exercises that the South regularly conducts to protect its islands off the west coast.

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