14 Jan '11, 3am

S.Korea toughens military exercises amid inter-Korean tensions

SEOUL: South Korea is gearing up for more possible provocative acts by the North as tensions remain high on the Korean peninsula. The South's military said exercises will be tougher for its troops this year, to increase their readiness. The tougher exercises however did not dampened the spirits of the young men in South Korea's military. About 1,600 young South Koreans, who are the first batch of Korean men to enlist in 2011, swore their oath and raised their hands to salute as they took part in the military enlistment ceremony in January. Since the attack on Yeonpyeong island in November last year, the military has said it would improve the combat capabilities of its ground forces. Kim Sang Ki, Army Chief of Staff, said: "We will train our soldiers' combat capabilities, so that they will be able to fight the enemy and win." Military service is compulsory for all young and...

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