Seoul strongly protests North Korean artillery drill as relations unravel

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center in white coat in an undated photo released Nov. 25, 2019, met with soldiers during a visit to Changrin islet near the disputed sea border off the Korean peninsula's west coast. KCNA
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center in white coat in an undated photo released Nov. 25, 2019, met with soldiers during a visit to Changrin islet near the disputed sea border off the Korean peninsula's west coast. KCNA

Seoul strongly protests North Korean artillery drill as relations unravel

by Kim Gamel
Stars and Stripes

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea sent a strong protest Tuesday to the North over a live-fire artillery drill, the latest sign of deteriorating relations between the two countries amid stalled nuclear talks.

North Korea said Monday that leader Kim Jong Un ordered the drill during an inspection of a military unit on Changrin islet, which is just north of the disputed maritime border off the peninsula’s western coast.

State-run media didn’t give a date for the drill. South Korea’s Defense Ministry said it occurred on Saturday — which also was the ninth anniversary of a deadly attack that occured on Nov. 23, 2010 when the North shelled the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, killing four people.

Seoul made clear in its protest messages that the artillery fire Saturday violated a military pact signed by the two countries last year in a bid to ease tensions, according to ministry spokeswoman Choi Hyun-soo.

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