South Korea Promises Strong Response to North’s Provocations

By Andrey Volkov
Andrey Volkov
Andrey Volkov
August 10, 2010 Updated: August 10, 2010

Seoul promised to respond to North Korea’s provocative actions following yesterday’s barrage of artillery shells fired near the maritime border, local media reported Tuesday.

North Korea fired more than 100 coastal artillery shells into disputed inter-Korean waters Aug. 9, adding to the mounting tensions between the two countries, which are still technically at war.

The firings followed five days of South Korean naval exercises near the maritime border.

South Korean officials did not give details as to how they plan to respond.

Seoul’s comments came as the U.S.-led United Nations command and North Korea were in the midst of a fourth colonel-level meeting in the North Korean border town of Panmunjom to discuss the sinking of South Korean warship, the Cheonan.

Tensions between both Koreas have risen since the North was found responsible for the sinking of South Korean warship in March that killed 46 sailors.

North Korea has denied the accusations, warning that punitive sanctions against it would trigger war. Previous talks failed to reach any conclusive agreements.

Talks between the U.N. and North Korea began in 1998 to reduce tensions between South and North Korea.

Both Koreas have been technically in a state of war since the Korean War ended with a cease-fire in 1953.