Koreas Exchanging Artillery Fire

N. Korean artillery attack leaves island ablaze

South Korean broadcaster YTN said at least 200 North Korean shells hit Yeonpyeong island, killing two soldiers and setting up to 70 houses ablaze. Most of the shells landed on a South Korean military base there, YTN reported.

South Korea returned fire and scrambled F-16 fighter jets, military officials said.

However, North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency said that South Korea fired first, Reuters reported.

North Korea later threatened to continue launching “merciless” strikes against South Korea if it violates their disputed sea border by “even 0.001 millimeter.”

MO readers know, I’m sure, that a state of war continues to exist between the two nations.

Murdoc found this bit funny:

The North does not recognize the border that was unilaterally drawn by the United Nations at the close of the 1950-53 Korean War.

Unilateral. People keep using that word.

Comments

  1. Nothing unilateral about it. Several hundred thousands decided that cease-fire line. As to the war being closed – not legally.

  2. It might be helpful if China was more assertive with its client.

    I respect that China has alot to gain from keeping the Koreas divided- a united Korea has the possibility for a greater economic power than the South alone(although surely not in the near term following re-unification), and North Korean antics keep us off balance and guessing.

    But, sh!t like this is not helpful to anyone- it makes everyone concerned very nervous, which is not terrific for business.

  3. South Korea has twice the population and around thirty times the GDP of the North. Let them handle it. Uncle Sam doesn’t need to be on the front line.

  4. 11 Bravo,

    You forgot Socialist, Liberal Obama and his (peacenik) gang are calling the shots. He’s holding out the hand of “peace” to the North Koreans because he, as a trained harvard lawyer, believes there’s no such thing as a bad boy or nation for that matter.

    He’s screwing not only South Korea but Israel as well with the same naive policies.

    As long as he holds the purse strings the South Koreans will continue to take it on the chin and not launch a major attack on the North.

    Then it’ll be back to square-1. North Korea gets lots of food and monetary aid for stopping their nasty old temper tantrums……till next time anyway!

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