North Korea has placed surface-to-surface missiles on launch pads in the Yellow Sea, Yonhap news agency reported on Sunday, as the United States and South Korea began joint military exercises.
“We will deliver a brutal military blow on any provocation which violates our territorial waters,” KCNA said.South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said that one artillery round was heard Sunday from a North Korean military base north of the sea border dividing the two Koreas. It was not immediately clear where the round landed.
The exercises, in waters far south of the disputed maritime boundary, are being held in the face of opposition by regional giant China and threats of “consequences” from North Korea.
Washington says they are intended as a sign of deterrence to North Korea. They come less than a week after the North shelled a South Korean island near their disputed boundary in the worst assault since the end of the Korean War in 1953.
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