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South Korea to stage new drills near islands
« on: April 30, 2011, 06:59:23 PM »
S Korea to stage new drills near islands

    * From correspondents in Seoul
    * From: AFP
    * April 30, 2011 1:59PM

SOUTH Korea will stage live-fire artillery exercises in the coming week on two frontline islands including one hit by a deadly North Korean shelling last November, a news report says.

A defence ministry spokesman said that regular military exercises will be carried out on the two islands but declined to give further details on the timing or whether live-fire drills will be carried out.

But Dong-A Ilbo daily said marine troops will fire K-9 self-propelled howitzers, Vulcan cannons and 81mm mortars deployed on Baengnyeong and Yeonpyeong islands, both located near the tense Yellow Sea border.

About 10 US military regiment and battalion commanders will attend the exercises as observers, it said.

Based in Japan's Okinawa, US military commanders have been taking part in an annual exercise north of Seoul rehearsing the deployment of US reinforcements in the event of conflict, the daily said.

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