March 13 - South Korean soldiers conduct a military drill in the border area amid rising tensions on the peninsula after a series of threats from North Korea. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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South Korean marines took part in a military drill on Wednesday (March 13) near the demilitarised zone dividing the Korean peninsula amid rising tensions over North Korea's threats.
In Paju, the border area, South Korean soldiers were conducting a regular military exercise with about 30 tanks, a drill separate from the joint drills currently underway with U.S. troops.
South Korea and U.S. forces are conducting large-scale joint military drills until the end of April, while the North is also gearing up for a state-wide military exercise.
North Korea has accused the United States of using the joint military drills in South Korea as a launch pad for a nuclear war and has threatened to scrap the armistice with Washington that ended hostilities in the 1950-53 Korean War.
On Monday (March 11) North Korea cut off a Red Cross hotline with the South as its war of words escalated against Seoul and Washington.
Tensions on the Korean peninsula have risen since the North conducted a third nuclear test on February 12, prompting new U.N. sanctions.
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