Seoul and Washington have concluded their show of mililtary might off the divided Korean peninsula, amid claims the North is likely to attack the South again.
Warnings from South Korea’s spy chief and its defence minister come as officials there say Seoul is planning further joint drills with the US.
As for Pyongyang, words not actions are the order of the day, for now. The head of the North’s parliament has held talks in Beijing with his Chinese counterpart. China remains North Korea’s most powerful ally.
South Korean millitary veterans have demonstrated on the island hit by last week’s deadly artillery strike, chanting anti-North Korean slogans. It is yet another sign of simmering tension amid the worst crisis between the neighbours for years.