(SEOUL, South Korea) — With hostilities running higher than at any time in recent memory, North Korea and South Korea are both holding live-five artillery drills to demonstrate their military might.
At this stage, the rockets being launched do not mean a potentially devastating war is imminent although each side is making it clear that they won’t back down should the other strike first.
Pyongyang, after conducting an underground nuclear test, has further exacerbated tensions by supposedly voiding an armistice signed to end the Korean War 60 years ago.
Seoul still says it recognizes the non-aggression pact with its neighbor but has promised to fight fire with fire if it comes to that.
In addition to conducting joint exercises with the U.S., South Korean Prime Minister Jeong Hong-Won on Thursday visited an island that came under attack by North Korea three years ago to inspect its preparedness for another possible strike.
Meanwhile, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was reported to have attended a live-fire artillery drill in his country.
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Georgia McCafferty and Junko Ogura, CNN
Holly Yan and Yoko Wakatsuki, CNN Newswire