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YEONPYEONG ISLAND, South Korea – South Korea said fresh artillery shots were heard Friday on this Yellow Sea island, three days after it was devastated by a North Korean attack and hours after Pyongyang warned that the peninsula was on the brink of war.
The blasts happened just after the top U.S. commander in South Korea, Gen. Walter Sharp, toured Yeonpyeong island in a show of solidarity with Seoul and to survey damage from the Tuesday's hail of North Korean artillery fire that killed four people.
South Korea's YTN television network, citing an unidentified military official, said North Korea apparently was carrying out a military drill, and had fired up to 20 rounds. Yeonpyeong residents were fleeing to shelters, the report said. The report couldn't be immediately confirmed.
North Korea's army and people are "now greatly enraged" and "getting fully ready to give a shower of dreadful fire," the agency said. "Escalated confrontation would lead to a war, and he who is fond of playing with fire is bound to perish."
Earlier today, North Korea warned that this weekend's planned military exercises by the South and the United States would push the region towards war.
The US is sending in naval ships, led by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington, to the Yellow Sea for the war games, which will begin on Sunday.
The former defence minister resigned yesterday after criticism that the South's reaction to Tuesday's artillery attack was too soft.
"We think we have to seek revenge 100 times or a 1,000 stronger with the attitude of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth."
SEOUL, Nov. 26 (Yonhap) -- North Korea said Friday it is "ready to annihilate" South Korea's stronghold if its sovereignty is violated even a bit, raising already high tension after the two countries exchanged artillery barrages earlier this week.
"We will show a firm and merciless example to whichever provoker encroaches on our dignity and sovereignty," the North's Committee for Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland said in a statement released by the official Korean Central News Agency.