Nearly two years after North Korea bombarded a South Korean island with deadly fire, it threatened Wednesday to strike again as South Korea plans military drills and memorial ceremonies on the attack anniversary.
The North Korean assault on Yeonpyeong two years ago came as the South Korean military held drills nearby, an act the northern nation called “preparation for an invasion.” South Korea plans to conduct military exercises in the area again Friday, the second anniversary of the attack.
A South Korean Marine Corps official told Yonhap news agency that it would simulate combat scenarios including “an unprovoked attempt to occupy the island,” which lies near a disputed maritime border. The military will not use live fire in artillery drills, the Marine Corps official told Yonhap. It’s unclear if that will mollify Pyongyang, which lashed out this week in state media.
“The warmongers, failing to draw a lesson from a bitter defeat … are making desperate efforts to seize this as an occasion of igniting a war against the north,” its state news agency reported.