South Korea holds anti-submarine drills, North scraps sea accords

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is staging a large-scale military exercise off its west coast.

Warships have been firing guns and dropping anti-submarine bombs in a show of force that comes amid rising tensions with North Korea. A multinational team of investigators has determined it was a North Korean torpedo that sank a South Korean warship in March, killing 46 sailors.

Pyongyang has warned that such South Korean exercises would bring the Koreas to the brink of war and reacted swiftly. North Korea's military declared in a statement carried by the state news agency that it will scrap accords with the South designed to prevent armed clashes at their maritime border. That includes cutting off a military hot line.

It's also warning of "prompt physical strikes" if any South Korean ships enter what it says are its waters in a disputed area off the west coast of the peninsula.

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AP Correspondent Hyung-jin Kim reports tension is rising on the Korean peninsula.

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AP Correspondent Hyung-jin Kim reports North Korea is to scrap a pact preventing clashes with its southern neighbor.

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General Walter Sharp

General Walter Sharp, commander of combined U.S. and South Korean forces, says Pyongyang must show more commitment to secure peace in the region. ((the pronunciation of Pyongyang is pyuhng-yahng))

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General Walter Sharp

General Walter Sharp, commander of combined U.S. and South Korean forces, says Seoul can count on Washington's support.

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: South Korean Navy Patrol Combat Corvettes stage an anti-submarine exercise off the western coast town of Taean, South Korea, on Thursday, May 27, 2010. Stung by a surprise underwater attack, South Korea flexed its muscles Thursday with anti-submarine drills and a U.S. general offered strong words of support as the allies sent a clear message to adversary North Korea: Don't try it again.

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: South Korean Navy Patrol Combat Corvettes stage an anti-submarine exercise off the western coast town of Taean, South Korea, on Thursday, May 27, 2010. Stung by a surprise underwater attack, South Korea flexed its muscles Thursday with anti-submarine drills and a U.S. general offered strong words of support as the allies sent a clear message to adversary North Korea: Don't try it again.

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