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11/23/2010 09:55 AM ID: 86459 Permalink   

Red Alert as North Korea Fires Into South Korea


Artillery shells fired onto South Korean Border Island today caused the threat of death and invoked a flurry of gun fire. The barrage of firing came after North Korea´s disclosed information of an apparently operational uranium enrichment program.

Over 50 North Korean shells heralded their way into South Korean territory, landing on the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong.

One island resident said "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." Televised footage showed giant billows of acrid smoke rising from the South.

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  Neither side admits to firing first  
What the source of this summary conveniently does not mention, is that South Korea was conducting military exercises around Yeonpyeong.

Other sources also do not mention the uranium enrichment programme as one of the main points.

Interesting quotes on the matter:

A South Korean military official: "We were conducting usual military drills and our test shots were aimed toward the west, not the north"

North Korean news agency: "The South Korean enemy, despite our repeated warnings, committed reckless military provocations of firing artillery shells into our maritime territory near Yeonpyeong island beginning 1300 (0400 GMT)"

So now that we have another potential Korean War - who cares about anything else?
  by: MouseJunkie     11/23/2010 01:14 PM     
  Moving right along...  
This is getting to be disappointing. Sort of like your parents promising to buy you a new toy "tomorrow". Only tomorrow never comes.

I live less than 100 kilometres from the shoot-´em-up island and am not worried even the littlest bit. I´m closer to the airport!

  by: womenareviolent     11/23/2010 03:21 PM     
I think I´d rather be closer to a marina.
  by: VermiciousG     11/23/2010 04:13 PM     
That?s what the sailors on board the Cheonan thought a few months ago.
It?s really becoming non-news, all these reports of shootings and threats.

"In the news today, there were NO acts of aggression on the Korean peninsula". Now THAT?s news!

I think what many people don?t realize is that you don?t have a 60 year war with provocation from only one side. N. Koreans consider that area as belonging to N. Korea. It also happens to be a very lucrative fishing spot which they are being kept away from. And to have the American and ROK military carry out "a show of force" in an area they consider theirs, well, that?s provocation. The right and responsible thing to do would have been to move the training exercise to a more neutral area, instead of pushing more ?buttons?.

S. Korean propaganda loudspeakers and sending large balloons carrying paper propaganda (cash and leaflets) over the North amounts to waving their fingers with their thumb on their nose.

I?d like to say a lot more but I don?t want the ?thought police? knocking on my door.

[ edited by womenareviolent ]
  by: womenareviolent     11/23/2010 05:09 PM     
I guess we´ll see "as the day progresses".
  by: MannyisHere     11/23/2010 05:11 PM     
I said marina not port. I wouldn´t be on a ship. I´d be sailing away under my own canvas bound for Taipei. Small sailboats are rarely targets for enemy fire... ...well except near Africa of course.
  by: VermiciousG     11/23/2010 09:06 PM     
Very interesting.
I agree This has to be more 2 sided than the media want to make out.
I though the Island or the area around it was disputed? In which case Military exercises in the area is definitely provocation.
  by: veya_victaous     11/24/2010 12:05 AM     
  The morning after  
Well, after a good night´s sleep I am still here, the sky lit up only by the sun, and not missiles and bombs.

Just read this headline:
"US envoy calls for N.Korea to cease ´provocative´ acts"

Someone should remind the envoy just who the provocative one was.
  by: womenareviolent     11/24/2010 04:06 AM     
  Scary .  
situation. As an old net friend once said.. This is one can of worms. Now I say, waiting to happen.
  by: captainJane     11/24/2010 05:31 AM     
  I know it´s frightening to think it...  
But I wish it´d just play out. This is a civil war that´s been going on all my life and most of my dad´s. I just wish they´d get on/over with it.
  by: VermiciousG     11/24/2010 06:30 AM     
Verm, you are so cruel! You hit that nail on the head once again.

Yesterday was just the storm before the calm, once again.

It won´t be lasting much longer. Mr. Kim is getting olde. I think he´ll either go out in blaze of firepower or shown to have been the voice of reason when his son becomes leader and blasts away at the South.

Or not.
  by: womenareviolent     11/24/2010 07:57 AM     
  deja vu  
September 1, 1939

Sounds rather familiar...
  by: scrut999   11/24/2010 01:36 PM     
  Curious What Would Happen If Cruise Missiles  
from the south took out the nuclear facilities in North Korea?

It would shake up North Korea´s transition plans and the feeling of being untouchable that Kim Kim Jong-il depends upon. It could destabilize his regime or it could lead to the end of the armistice. It would be quite a gamble.

A side thought is that North Korea is most probably monitoring the internet to see what information they can glean. It would rock their boat to see and active discussion of an attack on their Nuclear facility. Spread it around wherever you post. I think it is a safe bet it will be read and noted. Search engines are wonderful things.
  by: ichi     11/24/2010 08:34 PM     
  Looks like business as usual  
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  by: MannyisHere     11/25/2010 12:56 AM     
  No nukes. They are noisy and disturb the neighbors  
Use a fast-acting poison instead. Something that destroys every living source of food in North Korea. An Army goes nowhere when they are starving.
  by: White Albino   11/25/2010 12:11 PM     
  That´s Ok.....  
When Sarah Palin becomes president, she will protect North Korea from those South Korean aggressors.
  by: beltman713   11/25/2010 09:34 PM     
She can see North Korea from her porch. ;)
  by: jonsmith999   11/25/2010 09:44 PM     
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