Entries in Artillery Rounds (2)


South Korea Responds to North's Artillery Fire

Ryan McVay/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) -- North and South Korea engaged in an exchange of artillery fire Wednesday close to the disputed Northern Limit Line in the Yellow Sea.

According to a South Korean defense ministry official, it was soldiers from North Korea who started the confrontation by firing three rounds, all of which wound up in the water, while the South responded by shooting three rounds of its own that also failed to hit land.

The hostilities are the most serious since North Korea shelled Yeonpyeong Island last November, killing two South Korean troops and two civilians.  Earlier in 2010, a South Korea vessel sank in the Yellow Sea, resulting in the deaths of 46 sailors.  Pyongyang was blamed for sinking the boat -- a charge it still denies.

Lately, the two countries seemed to be moving toward reconciliation as officials from both governments discussed renewing multilateral talks on Pyongyang’s controversial nuclear weapons program.

While North and South Korea have not engaged in a ground battle since 1953, the two sides are still technically at war since no formal peace treaty was ever signed.

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Deadly North Korean Strike Pounds South Korean Island

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) -- South Korea is reporting two of its marines were killed and 16 were injured after North Korea fired artillery shells at a South Korean island Tuesday.  Seventy houses were set on fire in the unprovoked attack, which led South Korea to return fire.

At least three South Korean civilians have also been hurt in the barrage, authorities report.

Artillery rounds fell near Yeonpyeong Island, a fishing village at the border between both countries that has been the center of disputes in the past.  Some rounds fell into the water but others landed on the island.  South Korean local media are quoting residents who saw 60 to 70 houses on fire after the shelling. 

Residents and South Korean troops are also trying to fight fires that have ignited on mountains.

The South Korean military has fired back and is on full alert.  The president's office has convened a national security meeting at the underground bunker.

The South Korean Navy was conducting a maritime training in that area Tuesday morning.  Analysts believe North Korea could have fired in protest to that exercise.

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