North Korea Fires Shots Into South Korea, Killing 2 Marines

November 23, 2010

South Korea (ChattahBox World News)—When North Korea discovered that the South Korean military was performing exercises on an island considered to be a disputed sea border, North Korea fired its artillery at the island, killing two South Korean marines and injuring 17 others, including three civilians, the UK Telegraph reports. South Korean officials announced that the country would “sternly retaliate” to any additional affronts.

Up to 200 artillery shells may have fallen on Yeonpyeong Island, located in the Yellow Sea, creating a plume of smoke seen rising from the island, which is home to under 1,300 people, the Telegraph reports. Civilians were evacuated to emergency bunkers as homes and mountains on the island burned.

The attack took place early this morning, just a day after it was announced that North Korea was continuing to forge ahead with its illegal nuclear program in defiance of UN agreements, the Telegraph notes.


Comments

4 Responses to “North Korea Fires Shots Into South Korea, Killing 2 Marines”

  1. Old Man Dotes on November 23rd, 2010 12:47 pm

    A couple of kilos of Semtex smuggled into Kim Jong Il’s centrifuge farm would put a stop to North Korea’s nuclear program.

  2. Name: Mark on November 23rd, 2010 9:42 pm

    Interesting situation. One could do nothing like with the sinking earlier of the SK Naval vessel or respond with fire. I think it is well overdue to respond in force and I think the reaction needs to be an over-reaction, specifically because the North wants the South to fire back to stir up the population back home. So how about responding so that when the North decides that they need to return fire, the big question is ‘with what?’ as the South has already damaged most everything along the border. I think a response should take out as many aircraft as possible, or at least runways…
    I think this situation has gone beyond dealing in a rational-restrained way.

  3. Name: Mark on November 23rd, 2010 9:42 pm

    Interesting situation. One could do nothing like with the sinking earlier of the SK Naval vessel or respond with fire. I think it is well overdue to respond in force and I think the reaction needs to be an over-reaction, specifically because the North wants the South to fire back to stir up the population back home. So how about responding so that when the North decides that they need to return fire, the big question is ‘with what?’ as the South has already damaged most everything along the border. I think a response should take out as many aircraft as possible, or at least runways…
    I think this situation has gone beyond dealing in a rational-restrained way.

  4. Heather on November 25th, 2010 1:30 pm

    What should be done is to form a broad coalition composed of the countries in the region and work together with the United States to make it clear to the North Koreans that the only way that they are going to have respect is to abide by international regulations. If China and the US joined their forces to put pressure on North Korea the return to six party talks would certainly put a halt to the attacks like these.

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