Han Min-goo, the South Korean Minister for National Defense states that South Korea will "mercilessly counterattack" any North Korean "provocations" following the North's successful trial of a ballistic missile system.
Increased tensions over the sinking of the South Korean warship ROKS Cheonan (PCC-772): South Korea begins broadcasting propaganda over its border with North Korea. North Korea severs all ties and communications with the South and expels Southern workers from a jointly-run factory above the border.
The South Korean Defence Minister Kim Tae-Young announces that investigators have found traces of explosives in the wreck of the ROKS "Cheonan" that sank in March. [http:--news.bbc.co.uk-1-hi-world-asia-pacific-8672489.stm (BBC)] [http:--news.xinhuanet.com-english2010-world-2010-05-10-c_13285608.htm (Xinhua)] [http:--home.kyodo.co.jp-modules-fstStory-index.php?storyid=499884 (Kyodo)]date=August 2019