South Korea heightens tension with firing drills
South Korean troops pushed ahead with naval firing drills yesterday, a day after North Korea warned such exercises would aggravate already high tensions between the rivals following the North's deadly shelling last month of a frontline South Korean island.
The drills came ahead of a planned meeting by top diplomats from the US, South Korea and Japan on the North's aggressive moves, including expanding its nuclear programme in a way that could boost its atomic arsenal.
South Korea's army began firing artillery into the waters off the divided Korean peninsula as part of a series of drills set to continue until Sunday.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff officers said the previously scheduled drills were to take place at nearly 30 sites and the navy said warships were to join the drills later this week.