South Korea honors victims of 2010 shelling

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South Korea remembers the victims of North Korea’s shelling of Yeonpyeong Island in 2010, and says its military will proceed with firing drills despite threats from the North. Rough Cut – subtitled (no reporter narration).

South Korea honors victims of 2010 shelling

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STORY: South Korea on Monday (November 23) remembered victims of North Korea’s shelling of one of its islands off the west coast of the divided peninsula, and said its military would proceed with regular firing drills despite the North’s threat to retaliate if the drills are held.

About 4,000 people including government officials, military officers and relatives of victims gathered at Seoul’s War Memorial and remembered four victims who were killed when North Korea attacked Yeonpyeong Island in 2010.

During the memorial ceremony, South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn indicated a strong position against North Korea.

“The government and military will secure powerful defensive strength to make sure our people’s safety and peace are not threatened under any circumstances,” Hwang said.

South Korea’s Defence Ministry said planned military firing drills would go ahead on Monday near a disputed maritime border with North Korea, which has threatened “merciless retaliation” if Seoul fires into its waters on the anniversary of a 2010 bombing.

Five years ago North Korea fired artillery at the South’s Yeonpyeong Island, which lies south of the Northern Limit Line (NLL) sea border off their west coast. The barrage killed four people including two civilians in one of the heaviest attacks on South Korean soil by the North since the 1950-53 Korean War.

North Korea has said it was provoked into the attack by South Korean live-fire drills in the area that dropped shells in its territorial waters.

North Korea’s military said on Sunday (November 22) the South “will experience merciless retaliation of the Southwestern Front units of the DPRK on the five islands,” if Seoul’s firing drills crossed into its waters.

DPRK is the acronym for the North’s formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Five islands including Yeonpyeong lie close to the disputed border.

On Friday (November 20), the rival Koreas agreed to hold talks on November 26 in what would be the first government-level meetings focused on easing tensions since the two pledged to improve ties following an armed standoff in August.

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