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http://www.smh.com.au/world/koreas-trade-artillery-jets-scramble-20101123-185fo.html

Koreas trade artillery, jets scramble
November 23, 2010 - 7:20PM


North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells onto a South Korean island today, killing one person and triggering an exchange of fire as southern armed forces went on their highest state of alert.

In what appeared to be one of the most serious border incidents since the 1950-53 war, South Korea's government convened in an underground war room and air force jets were reportedly scrambled to the Yellow Sea island.

The firing came after North Korea's disclosure of an apparently operational uranium enrichment program - a second potential way of building a nuclear bomb - which is causing serious alarm for the United States and its allies.

About 50 North Korean shells landed on the South Korean border island of Yeonpyeong near the tense Yellow Sea border, damaging dozens of houses and sending plumes of thick smoke into the air, YTN television reported.

A South Korean Marine, part of a contingent based permanently on Yeonpyeong island, was killed, the military said.

The military said 13 Marines were injured and YTN said two civilians were also hurt.

"A North Korean artillery unit staged an illegal firing provocation at 2.34pm local time (1634 AEDT) and South Korean troops fired back immediately in self-defence," a ministry spokesman told AFP.

"A Class-A military alert issued for battle situations has been imposed immediately," the spokesman said.

One island resident, Lee Jong-Sik, told YTN: "At least 10 houses are burning. I can't see clearly for the smoke. The hillsides are also on fire.

"We were told by loudspeakers to flee our homes."

Yeonpyeong lies just south of the border declared by United Nations forces after the inconclusive war six decades ago, but north of the sea border declared by Pyongyang.

The Yellow Sea border was the scene of deadly naval clashes in 1999, 2002 and last November.

Tensions have been acute since the sinking of a South Korean warship in March, which Seoul says was the result of a North Korean torpedo attack. Pyongyang has angrily rejected the charge.

In late October, North and South Korean troops exchanged fire across their Cold War border, coinciding with a state of high alert for the South's military in the buildup to the G20 summit of world leaders in Seoul earlier this month.

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak convened an emergency security meeting in response to the latest incident, a presidential spokesman said.

"He is now in an underground war room to discuss possible responses with ministers of related agencies and national security advisers," the spokesman told AFP.

Lee urged the officials to "handle it (the situation) well to prevent further escalation", the spokesman said.

The firing comes after Kim Jong-un, the little-known youngest son of leader Kim Jong-il, was officially recognised as No 2 in North Korea's political system, clouding outsiders' view of its military and nuclear intentions.

The new crisis erupted as a US special envoy headed to China on Tuesday to seek its help in curbing North Korea's new nuclear project, revealed to US experts who described a sophisticated program to enrich uranium.

Stephen Bosworth has also visited South Korea and Japan this week to discuss the disclosure, which US officials say would allow the isolated North to build new atomic bombs.

Bosworth, speaking in Tokyo, ruled out a resumption of stalled six-nation talks - aimed at disarming the North of nuclear weaponry in return for aid and other concessions - while work continues on the enrichment program.

China chairs the talks and is also the North's sole major ally and economic prop. It has come under pressure to play a leading role in resolving the latest nuclear dispute.

China appealed for the six-party talks to resume after the new revelations, and expressed concern over Tuesday's cross-border firing.

"We have taken note of the relevant report and we express concern over the situation," foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters.

"We hope the relevant parties do more to contribute to peace and stability on the Korean peninsula," he said. Russia also warned against an escalation of tensions on the peninsula.
 

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Good on NK... Stick up for what you believe in...

I for one would like to welcome our new overlord masters...
Long live Pyongyang
Long live Kim Jong Il
 

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World War 3?

N. Korea fires on S. Korea, killing 1 and injuring more than a dozen

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/11/23/nkorea.skorea.military.fire/index.html?hpt=T1

Seoul, South Korea (CNN) -- North Korea fired artillery toward its tense western sea border with South Korea on Tuesday, killing one South Korean marine, the South's Defense Ministry said.

Seventeen other soldiers were wounded, three seriously, defense officials said.

Two civilians were injured in the attack, the Yonhap news agency said.

At least 200 rounds of artillery hit an inhabited South Korean island in the Yellow Sea after the North started firing about 2:30 p.m. local time, Yonhap said.

South Korea's military responded with 80 rounds of artillery and deployed fighter jets to counter the fire, the report said.

The South Korean army also raised its alert condition, the report said.

Images of plumes of smoke were quickly broadcast on Yonhap television from the island of Yeonpyeong, with some homes on fire. It was not immediately clear how much damage the artillery had done. The island has a large military garrison.

The island has a total of about 1,300 residents, a fisherman who lives on the island told Yonhap.

Some residents started fleeing for the South Korean mainland, which is about 145 kilometers [90 miles] away. Other residents were seeking shelter at schools.

The South Korean government immediately called an emergency meeting of its security ministers, meeting in a bunker under the presidential residence in Seoul.

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak ordered his ministers to take measures against an escalation of the situation, presidential spokeswoman Kim Hee-jung said, according to Yonhap.

"Take a stern response and carefully manage the situation from further escalating," the president said.

The United States quickly offered support.

"We are in close and continuing contact with our Korean allies," the White House said in a news release. "The United States strongly condemns this attack and calls on North Korea to halt its belligerent action and to fully abide by the terms of the Armistice Agreement."

"The United States is firmly committed to the defense of our ally, the Republic of Korea, and to the maintenance of regional peace and stability."

The North Korean fire came as the South's military conducted routine drills in waters off the island, which is about 10 kilometers [6 miles] from the North.

South Korea's annual Hoguk military exercises were to last nine days and include as many as 70,000 South Korean military personnel, according to the Stratfor global intelligence company.

The Yellow Sea has been a longstanding flashpoint between the two Koreas, but Tuesday's attack was an escalation in violence.

"Our navy was conducting a maritime exercise near the western sea border today. North Korea has sent a letter of protest over the drill. We're examining a possible link between the protest and the artillery attack," presidential spokeswoman Kim said, according to Yonhap.

The island is part of a small archipelago about 80 kilometers [49 miles] west of the South Korean port of Inchon, which serves Seoul, and is close to the tense Northern Limit Line, the maritime border between the two Koreas in the Yellow Sea.

A South Korean warship, the Cheonan was sunk in the area in March with the loss of 46 lives in a suspected North Korean torpedo attack.

North Korean artillery is extremely difficult to hit, because it is dug into coastal cliffs. Though the North has tested its artillery -- and tested anti-shipping missiles -- it has not fired artillery into South Korean territory in recent years.

One of North Korea's most potent threats is the hundreds of artillery barrels dug in along its demilitarized zone with South Korea and ranged on Seoul.

Yonhap television was covering the attack nonstop in South Korea, forgoing other news Tuesday. Meanwhile, state television in North Korea did not mention the attack.
 

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No, just entaganism by a weak and crazy regime that doesn't have much support really. WW3 will be between the Muslims converting or killing and everyone else trying to resist their evil dominance. This was predicted by Nostrildamus.
 

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LOL Lancedriver is an epic troll... good one at that.

It's funny i've seen so many comments amount this being WW3 around the place, situation will be interesting to watch.
 

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This will be good for tourism.

But seriously, at least we might get some more M*A*S*H Episodes.

It won't however be good for South Miliux's World Cup bid. They were even going to let North Miliux host a couple of games apparently....
 

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Hearing unconfirmed reports that King Jong Il has passed away, which may have somethign to do with it. Nothing says fanfare like a 200-missile salute aimed at your neighbour.
 

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Lancedriver is an epic troll...
:lol:

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I've been watching too much space opera-sci-fi of late, and wondering where's SSC's flashing red "Troll alert" and the official sounding voice saying "Troll shield failing - prepare for evacuation". Quick, to the shuttles/escape pods everyone!
 

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:shocked: They have changed from blaming Canada to N Korea :?
 

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Hearing unconfirmed reports that King Jong Il has passed away, which may have somethign to do with it. Nothing says fanfare like a 200-missile salute aimed at your neighbour.
Rumours from where? There's all kinds of conspiracies about his death, but apparently the leader of North Miliux hasn't been well. But you could try and get his name right :eek:hno:

Who else would replace Kim Jong Il on the pictures at every public place and every house in North Miliux?

L2 in Eastern L2
 

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Saying Muslims are evil and trying to kill everybody is not a troll, that's an Islamophobic comment :eek:hno::eek:hno:
Don't you understand what a troll is? They stir the shit out of people by saying outlandish statements to provoke reactions. They are also known to lurk places where they know they can win an argument/argue forever..

I could go on but they're the basic premises... so obviously if he's being a "islamaphobe" (never heard that before) then he's trolling if i've said he's a troll.
 

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Who else would replace Kim Jong Il on the pictures at every public place and every house in North Miliux?
N Korea and Denmark can do a world expo trade.

 

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