March 6th, 2012
10:23 AM ET

North Korea holds live-fire drills in sight of South Korean island

New video broadcast on North Korean television shows a military unit carrying out live-fire drills in sight of a South Korean island.

The military exercises this week on the southwestern coast of North Korea were close to the disputed maritime border.

State television, KRT, also shows tanks repositioning and an artillery machine being prepared, overlooking waters that have seen a number of violent incidents over the years. North Korea shelled Yeonpyeong Island in November 2010, killing four South Koreans, claiming it was responding to a South Korean military drill in the area.

Fiery rhetoric accompanied the military actions. Deputy commander Li Gum-chol said, "We will turn Seoul into a sea of flames by our strong and cruel artillery firepower, which cannot be compared to our artillery shelling on Yeonpyeong Island. We are training hard, concentrating on revenge to shock Lee Myung-bak's traitorous group and the military warmongers in South Korea."

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  1. chrissy

    Some little boys just never seem to grow up!

    March 6, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. Portland tony

    This happens all the time....Just political gamesmanship. Definitely not news and a worthless blog and not worthy of an intelligent comment!

    March 6, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO ©

    North Koreastan needs to be brought under control!

    March 6, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. dazzle ©

    Good old brinkmanship at its worst.

    March 6, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Greek American

    Although definitely not news worthy, you have to laugh at the quote of the N. Korean military commander. Wow, these people really hate one another.

    March 6, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. common sense

    This is no news, South Korea and U.S.have war games all the time..

    March 6, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    All this bruhaha on Iran distracts from N.Korea and they try grabbing attention.

    March 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. leeintulsa

    that war isn't over. if it was, there'd be no dmz..

    March 6, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. **cosmicVox *

    What happened to that sign they were holding up, "We will be Nice, for Food"?

    March 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    lmao @ cosmicvox, they discovered south korea will still give them food no matter if they are nice or not!

    March 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    The Peninsula does remain a flash point @ lee and we can't be too complacent about it.

    March 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    The l00 year war isnt it saywhat? And you would think by now they wouldve learned to get along, especially since theyve made themselves so dependant on south korea?

    March 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. leeintulsa

    *that's* what we need to do. screw the nukes. seems like no one is interested in really solving the problem. we need a big initiative to end this war. us, n & s korea, russia, and maybe some others, china, etc., to a table and finally end the korean war..

    March 6, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    lmao @ lee, well you just go with your big bad self!

    March 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Nicki

    @ leeintulsa, Very good, few people know that an * is used or can be used in text when bold isn't available to emphasize a word.

    As for N Korea ... They have a long history of marching to their *own* drummer. Guess this is nothing new.

    March 6, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You must be new, Nicki; I do *this* all the time, and I'm made fun for it.

      March 6, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
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