The attacks on Yeonpyeong Island were the first on South Korean soil since the end of the Korean War in 1953. Military leaders took the occasion to practice a response should North Korea launch a similar attack again in the future, Yonhap News Agency said Friday.
"It was a violent act that directly attacked our territory, and reckless brutality that did not discriminate between soldiers and civilians," South Korean Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik said in a speech commemorating the anniversary.
Military leaders said defense drills will be held at several other front line islands to simulate a North Korean attack, but the Marine and Navy units will not be using live ammunition.
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