S Korea begins four-day sea maneuvers in East Sea

SEOUL. December 22. KAZINFORM South Korea will hold four-day drills in waters off the east coast of the Korean peninsula starting Wednesday, two days after it conducted a live-fire exercise near a tense border, the defense ministry said; Kazinform refers to Xinhua.

The exercise, reportedly to be held about 100 kilometers south of the eastern sea border with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), will involve navy vessels and Lynx helicopters, according to local reports.

What officials say will be part of routine exercises comes after South Korea staged firing exercise Monday from the western border island of Yeonpyeong, shelled last month by the DPRK; Kazinform cites Xinhua.

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