June 11, 2012

South Korea has warned it would immediately retaliate against the North and has held unscheduled military exercises after series of threats from Pyongyang. A week ago the North threatened to launch rocket attacks on media offices in the South.

­Seoul’s armed forces held the exercise on Monday because of a “series of peculiar activities”, a Defense ministry spokesman told AFP.

It was ordered by the country’s Defense Minister Kim Kwan-Jin so the military could “immediately retaliate against sources of provocations and supporting forces as well as core command forces”.

The drill involved the ballistic missile command, front-line artillery units and the Air Force, South Korean media has reported.
Tension increased between the neighboring states after the North’s threat against South Korean media outlets for what Pyongyang has called critical coverage of its internal policies.

The two countries often exchange threat of military action, but have managed to avoid a full-scale armed conflict.

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