Monday, February 20, 2012

N.Korea warns of possible retaliation

North Korea's military warned it would bombard islands near its disputed Yellow Sea border with the South if an upcoming naval firing drill by Seoul violates its territorial waters.

The North's Western Sector Command Sunday warned residents of five islands to "evacuate to safe areas" before what it said was the scheduled start time of the exercise on Monday morning.
In a notice carried by Pyongyang's official news agency, the military said Seoul's government "should not forget the lesson" of the North's bombardment of Yeonpyeong island in November 2010, which killed four South Koreans.

The North frequently warns the South against conducting live-fire exercises near the sea border, but there have been no incidents since then.
A spokesman for the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said he was checking whether any such firing drill was scheduled for Monday.