S Korea begins four-day sea maneuvers in East Sea

13:49, December 22, 2010      

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South Korea will hold four-day drills in waters off the east coast of the Korean peninsula starting Wednesday, two days after it conducted a live-fire exercise near a tense border, the defense ministry said.

The exercise, reportedly to be held about 100 kilometers south of the eastern sea border with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), will involve navy vessels and Lynx helicopters, according to local reports.

What officials say will be part of routine exercises comes after South Korea staged firing exercise Monday from the western border island of Yeonpyeong, shelled last month by the DPRK.

The DPRK repeatedly vowed retaliation against the drill but did not immediately respond.

South Korea's nearby forces will be on heightened vigilance during the drill, deploying an Aegis destroyer and putting fighter jets on standby.

Source: Xinhua

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