South Korea Defiant to International Appeals
A day after the unofficial US envoy revealed that the situation in the Korean peninsula is extremely explosive South Korea said it would go ahead with its plan of conducting live-fire exercise when weather permits. A defence ministry official of South Korea was quoted as saying to that effect by BBC news. North Korea warned such an exercise would be a provocation and it would retaliate.
Russia and China asked South Korea to stop live-fire drill as the situation may escalate into serious consequences but South Korea would not listen. An emergency session of the UN Security Council is called for on Sunday, December 19 to find ways to diffuse the tension. The issue is supposed to divide Security Council with the US and its Europe allies supporting South Korean cause and Russia and China urging South Korea to put off life-fire drill.
The South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said Saturday that artillery guns on Yeonpyeong will be aimed south-west and away from North Korea for the drill, reported South Korean news agency Yonhap. However, the North claims any ammunition fired would inevitably land in its territorial waters. In the event of an attack from the North, the South’s Air Force would put its F-15K and KF-16 fighters on emergency standby, Yonhap quoted the JCS as saying.