S. Korea To Hold Large Live-Fire Drills Thursday

(CNN)

South Korea will hold its largest winter live-fire drills Thursday in an area adjacent to North Korea, the South Korean army said Wednesday.

The drills are scheduled as tensions between the two countries remain high. But these drills were scheduled before the November shelling of a South Korean island by North Korea, army officials said.

More than 800 military personnel will take place in the exercise in Pocheon, roughly 15 miles away from North Korea, and it will begin at 2 p.m., a media officer from the South Korean army said.

South Korea's navy also opened regular exercises in the East Sea on Wednesday that will run for four days.