South Korea on Alert After Military Drill

After days of worry about possible North Korean aggression over a South Korean military drill, live-fire exercises ended peacefully with no immediate retaliation.

From CNN:

North Korea said over the weekend that the drill could ignite a war and that it would respond militarily to the exercise. On Monday, North Korean military leaders said retaliation wasn’t necessary — but issued a stern warning to South Korea and the United States, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

The North also agreed to a series of actions after former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson urged the country not to respond aggressively.

Those steps include allowing monitors from the International Atomic Energy Agency access to the nation’s uranium enrichment facility; negotiating a deal for a third party, such as South Korea, to buy fresh-fuel rods from North Korea; and discussing the formation of a military commission consisting of representatives from North Korea, South Korea and the United States to monitor and prevent conflicts in the disputed areas of the West Sea, Richardson’s statement said.

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