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    Yeonpyeong Island


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    South Korea's military appears to be preparing in case of further conflict with its communist northern neighbor. It comes after an attack from North Korea killed four South Koreans. Seoul is now inspecting the Demilitarized Zone between the two countries—and it's also deploying surface-to-air missiles to the area that was attacked, Yeonpyeong Island.

    At the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, an inspection for combat readiness.

    South Korean military leaders visited the DMZ following last week's attack by the North.

    That artillery barrage killed four people, and was some of the worst violence between the two countries in over five decades.

    The chairman of the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff offered strong words.

    [Han Min-koo, Chairman, South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff]:
    "With all combined military power, the military should strongly retaliate until the enemy's threat is eliminated and they cannot even think about provocation."

    Meanwhile, media reports say Seoul has deployed surface-to-air missiles on the island which bore the brunt of last week's attack.

    Yeonpyeong Island sits close to North Korea, and the missiles have an effective shooting range of six miles.

    The deployment comes after many South Koreans criticized Seoul for a weak response to the North's attack.

    American and Southern forces also conducted joint military drills which ended Wednesday.

    The drills drew strong condemnation from the North, which says it was provoked into last week's attack.