1. PLAYING WITH FIRE

    South Korean Military Holds Drills

    South Korean sailors work on their ships next to South Korean Navy's floating base near Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010. South Korea vowed Wednesday to "punish the enemy" if the North attacks it again as hundreds of southern troops, fighter jets, tanks and attack helicopters prepared for massive military exercises scheduled because of the high tensions. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Ahn Young-joon / AP Photo

    South Korea began live-fire drills on Sunday on islands near its border with North Korea despite the dire imprecations issuing forth from the Hermit Kingdom. The military exercises are supposed to last about two hours, and the North was informed of the drills on Sunday. They are being conducted near where a 2010 North Korean artillery strike took the lives of four South Koreans. A North Korean officer told the Associated Press that North Koreans are prepared to “dedicate their blood to defend their inviolable territory.”

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