North Korea threatens to attack South if military drill happens

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North Korea warned Friday it would launch a military strike against the South if Seoul goes ahead with live-fire drills near Yeonpyeong Island over the next five days, North Korea’s state-run KCNA reported.

South Korea “should take a prompt measure to stop the planned provocative maritime shelling from Yeonpyeong Island,” the report said. The Korean People’s Army “will deal the second and third unpredictable self-defensive blow at them to protect the inviolable territorial waters of” North Korea “as it had declared before the world.”

The Russian Foreign Ministry also warned against the drills in a meeting Friday among Deputy Foreign Minister Alexi Borodavkin, U.S. ambassador John Beyrle and Lee Younho, the South Korean ambassador to Moscow, according to a statement posted to the ministry’s website.

Full story: North Korea warns Seoul against military exercises near flashpoint