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Seoul Plans Another Drill in Contested Seas

Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 08:48 AM


SEOUL—South Korea said Thursday it would test-fire artillery in the next few days from the Yellow Sea island that North Korea attacked last month, in an assertion of its territorial rights and challenge to Pyongyang's aggression, the Wall Street Journal reports.

North Korea cited a similar artillery drill on the island, called Yeonpyeong, as the reason it opened fire Nov. 23 in what was the first attack on South Korean land by the North since the Korean War of the 1950s.

The barrage killed four South Koreans, destroyed more than 30 homes and damaged nearly every building in the island's main village, which was home to 1,400 people. Most residents still haven't moved back.

South Korean defense officials said the test would happen sometime from Saturday to Tuesday, depending on weather conditions. They said it would be announced ahead of time and that reporters and observers from the United Nations Command, responsible for overseeing the 1953 armistice agreement that ended hostilities between the North and South, would be invited.

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