01 Feb '11, 5am

New N. Korean base near frontline islands, say media reports

New N. Korean base near frontline islands, say media reports

SEOUL: North Korea is building a new hovercraft base that would allow it to launch a quick invasion of South Korean islands near the disputed Yellow Sea border, media reports said Tuesday. The base is under construction just 50-60 kilometres (30-35 miles) from Baengnyeong, the closest South Korean island to the North Korean coast, three major newspapers cited military or government sources as saying. The defence ministry declined to confirm the reports, which came just over two months after the North shelled one of the border islands. A government source told Chosun Ilbo that South Korean and US intelligence late last year detected construction for the base at Koampo in Hwanghae province. It could apparently accommodate up to 70 hovercraft, which could each carry a platoon of commandos and travel up to 90 kilometres per hour across the sea and tidal mudflats, the daily sai...

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