South Korea’s army on Thursday conducted its largest-ever artillery drills near the tense border with North Korea, but there was no immediate military response from the North. A total of 300 artillery systems deployed by dozens of military units along the border began firing shells simultaneously in multiple directions on Thursday afternoon, an army official said on condition of anonymity, citing department rules.

He said North Korea’s military did not show any signs of unusual activities in response. South Korea’s front-line army units regularly conduct live-fire drills. But the number of artillery mobilized in Thursday’s drills was the biggest ever, and the simultaneous shooting in all major front-line areas was a departure from previous exercises, the army official said. CONTINUE