South Korea fired live artillery on Monday in a military drill near the country’s heavily armed border with North Korea, which has described the exercise as a provocation.
The drill Monday involved howitzers, mortars and attack helicopters, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported. It took place on islands off the west coast of the Korean peninsula where tensions have flared in the past.
Seoul notified the North on Sunday of the drill, a regular live-fire exercise that lasts an hour. About 1,000 island residents were moved to safe areas during the drill, Yonhap reported, citing military officials.
“This is a very dangerous play with fire to ignite a war against the North as it is a clear declaration of war against it,” Pyongyang’s state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Sunday, citing a bulletin from the Secretariat of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea.