23 November 2010

North Koreans Attack South Korean Island: One Dead, 70 Houses Burning, Dozens Injured (photos, video)

South Koreans return fire- scramble fighter jets

Some houses in South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island
in the Yellow Sea are ablaze as scores of rounds of artillery,
fired by North Korea at 2:34 p.m. on Nov. 23, hit the island. 

As revelations of secret advances made in Pyongyang's ability to enrich uranium come to light, some have suggested arming the South with nuclear weaponry... looks like Dear Leader didn't care for that prospect much...

North Korea on Tuesday fired dozens of rounds of artillery toward South Korean waters and an island near the tense west sea border, the South's military said, leaving at least four South Korean soldiers wounded. The North's artillery shells started falling in the South's waters off the island of Yeonpyeong from around 2:34 p.m., some of them landing directly on the island, said Col. Lee Bung-woo, spokesman for the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). 

The South's military fired back some 80 rounds, he said. The military is on its highest peacetime alert, he said. The Air Force has deployed fighter jets to the island. 

One marine was critically wounded and three others sustained minor injuries, according to Lee... Island residents said people are being told to evacuate. 

Officials said the North's shelling was intermittently continuing and that the South was also responding with return fire. The presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said it was looking into the possibility that the North's firing was in protest to an ongoing South Korean military drill on the western coast. 

The "Hoguk Exercise," one of South Korea's three major annual defense exercises, began Monday with some 70,000 troops participating. The North had sent a message to Seoul denouncing the exercise earlier in the day, Cheong Wa Dae said. The president convened an emergency meeting of security ministers and instructed the government to ensure that the situation is contained. 

The western sea border was the scene of bloody gun battles between the navies of the two Koreas in 1999, 2002 and most recently in November of last year.

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Mark Adams said...

NK is provoking a serious retaliation by SK... And the crickets in Washington are louder then ever.

The Lonely Conservative said...

What they need is the smart power of Obama. OK, maybe not.

Reaganite Republican said...

Yeah Mark and LC, they know he's not going to do anything but stand there

If the Norks have a skill it is probing for weakness... and apparently they think they've found it

Christopher - Conservative Perspective said...

RR,,,lets remember just who pulls the strings in NK,,China. There is more to this than meets the eye which makes it all the more troubling.

WebsitesMadeEasy said...

This is such a sad thing. I wish that ALL people would just be peaceful and get along with each other. Life is too short as it is, why fight?

Reaganite Republican said...

China completely props them up with diesel and such, but I think they surprise China as much as anybody... the Chinese don't want the war Kim keeps pushing them to the edge of like today.

BUT if China wants to be a world leader, they need to get rid of the Kims... handle this situation responsibly for once. I don't think they control Pyongyang as tightly as you say, but they are for sure the ones who can pull the rug out from under him the easiest.

DO IT China... enough already

johnleejei said...

Many worldwide political analysts say on the Chinese attitude toward North Korea that first China does not want NK fails because China does not want US troops standing along Yalu River against China, and second millions refugees from NK moving into China if NK collapses.
I feel there are more important reason for Chinese behavior about NK. In my opinion, China wishes more than that. China wishes NK occupies Korea, because then China will have much stronger presence in Japan Ocean, South Korea’s technology and sophisticated world trade capabilities, and reduce American influence in Asia by more than half. I think these gains are much more potent than just keeping NK alive to keep US forces from Yalu River.

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