Here we go: South Korean artillery drills to begin in a few hours

South Korea’s planned live-fire military exercises in the Yellow Sea will begin Monday despite threats from North Korea that the drills will result in “disaster,” the South Korean military announced…

At the United Nations, diplomats were huddled in an emergency meeting of the Security Council in an attempt to defuse the standoff over the planned exercises. But seven hours of ongoing talks had produced no result Sunday evening…

Bill Richardson, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Monday he was “extremely worried” that North Korea will respond militarily to the exercises. But he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer from Pyongyang, “I don’t see any action on both sides while the Security Council is meeting.”…

Russia requested Sunday’s emergency Security Council meeting and proposed a draft statement, proposing amendments which Western nations said would place more of the blame on North Korea, diplomats said. But they said the major holdout was China, the North’s closest ally, which refuses to agree on any statement that even mentions the Yeonpyeong shelling.