South Korea has deployed multiple rocket launchers on two islands near the tense Yellow Sea border with North Korea to guard against potential attacks and to increase its deterrence capability.
The Chosun Ilbo newspaper has cited government sources as saying that more than ten 130mm Kuryong multiple rocket launchers have been positioned on Yeonpyeong and Baengnyeong islands.
"This is the first time we have permanently deployed multiple rocket launchers to the north-western islands," the newspaper quoted an official as saying.
Each launcher has 36 rockets with a range of 23km-36km.
North Korea attacked Yeonpyeong with artillery and rockets last November and South Korea has since been strengthening its defences on its five frontline islands near the disputed border.