S.Korea to conduct military drills near DMZ

10:15, June 27, 2011      

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South Korea will conduct military drills near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) this week, Seoul's Yonhap News Agency on Sunday quoted the Army as saying.

The five-day drills, set to start Monday, will be held in the border city of Paju near the DMZ, a four kilometer-wide, 248 kilometer-long buffer zone between South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the Army said.

The field-training exercises, to be performed by the first division of the Army, are designed to examine the military's combat readiness for dealing with "infiltration, provocations and total war started by enemy," according to the Army.

Massive equipment and personnel will be mobilized, the Army added.

Inter-Korean ties have been chilled last year due to the sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on Pyongyang and Pyongyang's shelling attack on an inhabited South Korean border island.

The DPRK has denied its responsibility for the sinking of warship and claimed the attack on the island was a self-defensive measure against a military drill by Seoul and Washington near a disputed maritime border. Seoul has staged several military drills since then.

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