Friday, February 10, 2012

South Korean Military on alert amid shelling sounds across sea border

The South Korean military is closely watching movements of North Korean forces after detecting frequent shelling sounds across the Northern Limit Line, the imaginary inter-Korean sea border in the Yellow Sea.

A high-ranking source of the South Korean military said Thursday that frequent artillery shelling sounds were heard and presumed to be coming from the North`s long-range guns and rocket launchers deployed in inland areas near the South`s northwestern frontline islands.

"The North Korean military seems to be briskly conducting winter military drills more than previous years after a hiatus following the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il," the source said. "The (South Korean) military is on alert as the North is concentrating on artillery firing drills."

South Korea is said to be closely watching movements by the North Korean artillery troops concentrated in areas near the North`s west coast via a high-performance video surveillance system and the hostile artillery locating system, which were deployed on Baengnyeong and Yeonpyeong islands after the North`s shelling of Yeonpyeong in December 2010. more