Vowing to Punish Enemy, S. Korea Launches Vast Drills

Will 'punish the enemy if it provokes us again'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 22, 2010 6:23 AM CST
Updated Dec 22, 2010 7:58 AM CST
South Korean border guards patrol the fence-line at the Imjingak Pavilion near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010.   (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
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(Newser) – South Korea is continuing to thumb its nose at the North, today launching three days military drills close to the DMZ, as hundreds of troops, tanks, jets, and helicopters gather, the AP reports. It’s the 48th such training this year—only 47 had been planned—and the largest joint army-air force winter exercises ever staged by South Korea, it says. “We will completely punish the enemy if it provokes us again like the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island,” says an officer.

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