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Earlier today, North Korea conducted live drills, firing about 500 shells near the disputed Yellow Sea boundary with South Korea. South Korea responded with about 300 shells back into North Korean waters.

White House national security spokesman Jonathan Lalley says North Korea’s actions are “dangerous and provocative,” especially since North Korea didn’t notify South Korea in advance like it normally does.

However North Korea’s short-range missile launches appear to coincide with a summit attended by South Korea, the U.S., and Japan that focuses on presenting a united front to the dangers posed by North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. On Wednesday, North Korea test-fired two mid-range ballistic missiles capable of striking Japan.

U.N. resolutions prohibit the North from firing any ballistic missiles and the U.N. Security Council said it would consider taking “appropriate” action – a response that has triggered the North to threaten another nuclear test.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, John Delury, a professor at Yonsei University in Seoul, says North Korea will more than likely continue testing during the South Korea-U.S. military exercises.

“I don’t think that we have seen the end of this yet,” Delury says.

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  • Anthony

    When I have time, I will tune into Fox to see how they have decided President Obama’s “weakness” is responsible for this 63 year old conflict too!

  • Eduardo

    China is urging for calm because they know the U.S. will intervene if things get out of control. Whether SK (with U.S. help) overruns the North, or China floods NK with soldiers to prevent this, it’s NOT in China’s interest to have the West next door. If I were a betting man I’d say this is all for internal consumption, to show the people and military of North Korea that he’s a strong leader. I seriously doubt we’ll see any actual confrontation.

  • Jase

    This is hardly news, they pull these stunts all the time. I live in SoKo, and nobody is worried about it.

  • I support South Korea.