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South Korea's Yeonpyeong island residents have returned home, but worry about the threat from North Korea. They fear another possible attack from the North, with South Korean military drills set to start next week.
Residents of South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island have returned home after a shelling attack from North Korea back in November. But residents are still concerned about the threat of an attack from the North.
Some of the islanders are worried that a South Korean military drill will trigger yet another attack from its communist neighbor.
[Choi Ik-seon, Yeonpyeong Island Resident]:
"Most of the residents who left the island after the shelling have returned. So life here has stabilized now, but I am worried about the military training in March."
[Ko Young-ja, Yeonpyeong Island Resident]:
"I felt scared again when I passed by an area which was burned down by North Korean shells. There's a rumor that the South Korean military will start artillery exercises again, so I am worried about another possible North Korean attack."
However, many still believe the South Korean military should continue protecting the territory by conducting military drills near the island.
[Choi Cheoi-young, Yeonpyeong Island Resident]:
"Our office delivers the military training announcements from our army to the residents through loudspeakers. Our military has staged training exercises before the North Korean shelling on November 23. I believe the military training should continue."
The South Korean government has changed its rules of engagement with the North since last November's attack.
South Korea has promised it will not hesitate to use military aggression should the North carry out such an attack again, by boosting its arsenal and military forces on Yeonpyeong Island.
The annual U.S.-South Korea joint military drills will be held in South Korea starting this Monday.