20 Feb '12, 1am

South Korea holds firing drill despite North Korean threats of retaliation

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korean troops on Monday began a live-fire artillery exercise near the disputed Yellow Sea border with North Korea despite the North's threats of retaliation, officials said. Military officials said the 'routine' drill, their second this year, would involve self-propelled howitzers, Vulcan cannon, mortars and Cobra attack helicopters. The defence ministry said the exercise began at about 10am (9am Singapore time) and would last one to two hours. Military officials notified North Korea of the scheduled drill through representatives at the truce village of Panmunjom on Sunday.

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