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SEOUL — North Korean forces have warned they will shell a border island if South Korea holds a military drill there as planned, the North’s state news agency KCNA said Thursday.
South Korea plans Friday to hold a military drill on Yeonpyeong Island, which was shelled by the North in 2010, to mark the second anniversary of an attack that triggered fears of a full-scale conflict.
“The commemoration of the so-called victorious battle on Yonpyeong Island will lead to the second Yonpyeong Island disaster,” said a Korean People’s Army spokesman, as reported by KCNA.
“World history knows no precedent of commemorating a defeated battle. The projected ridiculous farce only invites derision and censure from people. Their scenario is to spark off a new war in the area,” said KCNA.
Yeonpyeong lies just south of the border declared by U.N. forces after the 1950-1953 Korean War, but north of a disputed sea border declared by Pyongyang’s isolated authoritarian government.
The Nov. 23, 2010, shelling of the island left two South Korean marines and two civilians dead in one of the most serious border incidents since the war that split the peninsula in two.
Egypt confiscates warheads smuggled from Libya
CAIRO — Egyptian authorities have confiscated trucks carrying explosive warheads and a variety of small arms ammunition smuggled from Libya, the interior minister said Wednesday.
A flood of weapons from its western neighbor has added to Egypt’s security concerns as police have yet to fully return to their duties since last year’s uprising.
Smuggled weapons often fall into the hands of Islamist militants in the Sinai Peninsula, or pass via underground tunnels to the Gaza Strip, the site of fierce exchanges over the past week between Hamas militants and Israeli forces.
Egyptian Interior Minister Ahmed Gamal Eddin said at a news conference in Cairo that authorities spent weeks in the desert investigating the operation before they finally seized the pickup trucks.
They were carrying 108 warheads for Soviet-designed Grad rockets, near Marsa Matrouh, 270 miles northwest of Cairo on the Mediterranean coast. Suspected smugglers had fled the scene.
Also on Wednesday in Egypt’s troubled northern Sinai region, troops from a multinational observer force fired on protesters demonstrating outside their base against the Israeli offensive in Gaza.
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