South Korea, US to hold war games after any UN action
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 06, 2010, 14:44
Seoul: South Korea will hold military exercises with the United States after any possible UN action against North Korea over its alleged sinking of a South Korean warship, the South Korea's military said on Tuesday.

Seoul has asked the UN Security Council to punish Pyongyang over the sinking, which killed 46 South Korean sailors on board. North Korea denies involvement and has warned any punishment would trigger war.

South Korea "will conduct the drills by linking them to the result" of possible UN Security Council action against the North, said Col Lee Bung-woo, a spokesman for South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

He did not elaborate on the exact timing and scale of the drills off South Korea's western coast. The exercises were originally scheduled for last month.

Seoul's announcement came days after China held live-fire drills off its eastern coast in what were seen as a response to the planned joint naval exercises by Washington and Seoul.

China- the North's closest ally and a veto-wielding Security Council member- has voiced concern that the joint South Korean-US drills could prompt further rash behaviour from North Korea's isolated regime.

South Korea and the US are pushing for Security Council action against Pyongyang. But the outlook is unclear as permanent members China and Russia have yet to clearly say whether they believe North Korea was responsible for the sinking.

Also today, North Korea's Foreign Ministry repeated Pyongyang's demand that its own investigators be permitted to go to the South to verify the result of an international investigation led by South Korea that implicated the North. Seoul has rejected the North's request.


First Published: Tuesday, July 06, 2010, 14:44

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