North Korea warns South over drills


South Korean Marines patrol along the shore of Yeonpyeong Island (AP)

North Korea has warned South Korea to stop planned live-fire drills on an island it bombed last month.

The North warned the “intensity and scope” of its retaliation will be worse than last month’s attack if the South goes through with its announced one-day live-fire drills sometime between tomorrow and Tuesday on Yeonpyeong Island.

The North responded to similar South Korean drills on November 23 by raining artillery shells on the tiny fishing community near the Koreas’ disputed sea border. Four South Koreans were killed.

The South has said the drills are part of “routine, justified” exercises. Representatives of the UN Command that oversees the armistice that ended the Korean War will observe the drills.

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