Ignoring Warnings From the North, South Korea Conducts Live Artillery Drills
December 20, 2010
South Korea (ChattahBox World News)—The South Korean military operated live firing drills this morning for nearly two hours in a disputed area, rawstory.com reports. Shells fired during the drill landed more than six miles from the maritime border, but North Korean officials still took the drills as a sign of hostility.
Just last week, North Korea warned that it would striker harder if the South conducted its drills, but with American backing, South Korea went ahead with them. Seoul indicates that it has held the drills every month for years, and that the purpose is not to increase tension, rawstory.com notes.
Meanwhile, reports indicate that New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson was able to get North Korea to agree to allow nuclear inspectors to return to the country, rawstory.com notes. North Korea had expelled inspectors in 2009 after destroying a disarmament-for-aid agreement. Reports also suggest that Richardson may have negotiated a deal in which North Korea would sell fuel rods to another country, leading some to speculate that the country could be shutting down its plutonium-based nuclear program.