SKorean marines fire at photos of NKorean heir

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Posted: May 31, 2011 3:48 AM
SKorean marines fire at photos of NKorean heir

South Korean marines are using photos of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's son and heir-apparent as targets during firing drills.

The Defense Ministry said Tuesday that the marines began having new recruits fire at Kim Jong Un's photos in January in the wake of the North's shelling of a front-line island in November.

Two marines and two civilians were killed during the attack on Yeonpyeong Island, which hosts a South Korean marine unit.

Ministry officials say a front-line army division also used photos of the two Kims and Kim Il Sung _ leader Kim's father _ as firing targets in reservist drills last week.

The Koreas officially remain in state of war because their 1950-53 conflict ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.