News / Asia

South Korea Stages Huge Show of Force Near DMZ

South Korean Army's K-9 self-propelled gun fire live rounds during the largest joint air and ground military exercises 20 miles from the Koreas' heavily fortified border, South Korea, Dec. 23, 2010.
South Korean Army's K-9 self-propelled gun fire live rounds during the largest joint air and ground military exercises 20 miles from the Koreas' heavily fortified border, South Korea, Dec. 23, 2010.
TEXT SIZE - +

Exactly one month after North Korea bombarded Yeonpyeong island, South Korea's military has staged a brief but large show of force. The country's president told troops his patience with Pyongyang has run out.

South Korean army troops fire shells from howitzers and tanks. Overhead, attack helicopters and jets drop bombs in an exercise to repel a mock North Korean invasion at a training ground 30 kilometers from the heavily fortified border.

President Lee Myung-bak Thursday addressed an army unit in the mountains near the Demilitarized Zone dividing the Korean peninsula. The president says South Korea will not strike first but if North Korea attacks it will be hit with a strong blow.

Lee said he had hoped patience with Pyongyang would bring peace to the Korean peninsula but that has turned out to be a mistake.

Pyongyang's official news agency quotes North Korea's armed forces minister saying the military, armed with its nuclear deterrent, is ready for a "sacred war." The North accuses South Korea of preparing to launch a war with its recent military exercises.

Thursday's drill was part of South Korea's response to North Korea's shelling of Yeonpyeong island on November 23. Two South Korean marines and two civilians died attack.

The bombardment of the island came hours after South Korea's military fired artillery into disputed coastal waters as part of a pre-announced drill.

The South Koreans also are conducting a three-day anti-submarine exercise off the east coast, where the maritime boundary is not contested. That drill ends Friday.

Tensions began to escalate on the peninsula when a South Korean war ship exploded and sank in the Yellow Sea in late March, killing 46 of the crew. An international investigation blamed a North Korean torpedo attack. Pyongyang denies responsibility.

The two Koreas have no diplomatic relations and technically have remained at war since a 1953 truce halted fighting in their civil war.

You May Like

Algerians Vote in Presidential Election

There were few media reports of protests and clashes around the country, but so far no significant violence More

Sharks More Evolved than Previously Thought

The discovery could “profoundly affect our understanding of evolutionary history” More

Pakistan Military Asked to Protect Polio Workers

Request comes as authorities say a Taliban ban on vaccinations in 2012 and deadly attacks on anti-polio teams have prevented thousands of children from getting inoculated More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Google Buys Drone Companyi
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X
George Putic
April 15, 2014
In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Ray Bonneville Sings the Blues and More on New CD

Singer/songwriter Ray Bonneville has released a new CD called “Easy Gone” with music that reflects his musical and personal journey from French-speaking Canada to his current home in Austin,Texas. The eclectic artist’s fan base extends from Texas to various parts of North America and Europe. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin.
Video

Video Millions Labor in Pakistan's Informal Economy

The World Bank says that in Pakistan, roughly 70 percent work in the so-called informal sector, a part of the economy that is unregulated and untaxed. VOA's Sharon Behn reports from Islamabad on how the informal sector impact's the Pakistani economy.
Video

Video Passover Celebrates Liberation from Bondage

Jewish people around the world are celebrating Passover, a commemoration of their liberation from slavery in Egypt more than 3,300 years ago. According to scripture, God helped the Jews, led by Moses, escape bondage in Egypt and cross the Red Sea into the desert. Zlatica Hoke reports that the story of the Jewish Exodus resonates with other people trying to escape slave-like conditions.
Video

Video Police Pursue Hate Crime Charges Against Kansas Shooting Suspect

Prosecutors are sifting through the evidence in the wake of Sunday’s shootings in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri that left three people dead. A suspect in the shootings taken into custody is a white supremacist. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, he was well-known to law enforcement agencies and human rights groups alike.
Video

Video In Eastern Ukraine, Pro-unity Activists Emerge from Shadows

Amid the pro-Russian uprisings in eastern Ukraine, there is a large body of activists who support Ukrainian unity and reject Russian intervention. Their activities have remained largely underground, but they are preparing to take on their pro-Moscow opponents, as Henry Ridgwell reports from the eastern city of Donetsk.
Video

Video Basket Maker’s Skills Have World Reach

A prestigious craft show in the U.S. capital offers one-of-a-kind creations by more than 120 artists working in a variety of media. As VOA’s Julie Taboh reports from Washington, one artist lucky enough to be selected says sharing her skills with women overseas is just as significant.
Video

Video UN Report Urges Speedier Action to Avoid Climate Disaster

A new United Nations report says the world must switch from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources to control the effects of climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the report (Sunday) following a meeting of scientists and government representatives in Berlin. The comprehensive review follows two recent IPCC reports that detail the certainty of climate change, its impacts and in this most recent report what to do about it. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble has the details.
AppleAndroid