A South Korean navy vessel fires an anti-ship missile during a naval drill off the east coast of South Korea, May 19, 2015. ©AFP
North Korea has warned its southern neighbor against conducting live-firing drills near their maritime border, describing Seoul’s expected military exercises as “provocative.”
“There will be a merciless retaliation by our troops on five border islands… if the South pushes ahead with the live-fire drills targeting us on the Yellow Sea on November 23,” the North Korean army said in a statement published by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Sunday.
South Korea’s military has in the past years staged live-fire drills near the sea border with the North around the anniversary of Pyongyang’s shelling of South Korean Yeonpyeong Island some five years ago.
The shelling of the island killed four South Koreans, including two civilians, on November 23, 2010.