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article imageNorth Korea says Seoul has not learned from 'deserved punishment'

By Michael Krebs     Dec 5, 2010 in World
As South Korean and US military wings - along with Japanese counterparts - prepare for more widespread exercises across the southern half of the tense Korean peninsula, North Korea continues to issue warnings and criticisms.
The United States and Japan began their largest-ever joint military exercises on Friday - an operation known as Keen Sword, involving more than 40,000 troops, 60 vessels, and 500 aircraft. The maneuvers were instituted in direct response to North Korea's strike against a South Korean island on November 23.
For its part, South Korea has begun intensifying its war games, warning commercial ships to avoid 29 areas around its coasts.
The actions by South Korea, the United States, and Japan have drawn fresh warnings and criticisms from the North Korean government. On Sunday, North Korean state media said that South Korea was "far from drawing a lesson from the deserved punishment."
North Korea shelled a tiny South Korean island on November 23, killing 4 marines and widely damaging property across the island. While the North Korean government cited Seoul's military exercises as the reason behind the strike, South Korea has vowed to strike back fiercely should their northern neighbors attack again.
On Monday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to convene a meeting with her counterparts from South Korea and Japan in structuring a diplomatic response to the North Korean regime.
To date, China has refused to publicly take sides on the matter.
Korea Central News Agency, the North Korean state-owned media, concluded that South Korea is "getting more frantic in military provocations and war moves," according to a Wall Street Journal report.
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