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North Korea says South's "childish play with fire not worth responding to"

December 21, 2010 - Pyongyang

North Korea has said that it "was not worth reacting" to the latest "military provocation" by South Korea.

Air raid bunkers in Yeonpyeong shook during the live-fire artillery exercise, which went on for just over 90 minutes, but the North Korean guns that had shelled the island after a similar drill last month stayed silent.

According to the China Daily, North's Korean People's Army Supreme Command later dismissed the drills as a "childish play with fire".

"The revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK did not feel any need to retaliate against every despicable military provocation," the command said in a statement.

"We felt it was not worth reacting one-by-one to military provocations," it added.

The live-fire exercises came nearly a month after North Korea responded to earlier manoeuvres by shelling Yeonpyeong island, killing two marines and two civilians in its first attack targeting civilian areas since the 1950-53 Korean War.


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