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North Korea Fires Shots At South Korea

From the ‘love is all you need’ Associated Press:

Two caves with coastal artillery are seen at the North Korean village of Haeju where North Korea’s military units are stationed.

N Korea, S Korea exchange fire near disputed border

By Hyung-jin Kim, Associated Press Writer

January 27, 2010

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea fired artillery rounds toward its disputed sea border with South Korea on Wednesday, prompting a barrage of warning shots from the South’s military and raising tensions on the divided peninsula.

No casualties or damage were reported, and analysts said the volley — which the North announced was part of a military drill — was likely a move by Pyongyang to highlight the need for a peace treaty to formally end the Korean War.

That surely is the best way to promote getting a peace treaty.

North Korea fired about 30 artillery rounds into the sea from its western coast and the South immediately responded with 100 shots from a marine base on an island near the sea border, an officer at the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul said. The North said it would continue to fire rounds.

He said the North’s artillery fire landed in its own waters while the South fired into the air. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity because of department policy.

The western sea border — drawn by the American-led U.N. Command at the close of the 1950-53 Korean War — is a constant source of tension between the two Koreas, with the North insisting the line be moved farther south.

So rather than North Korea wanting a peace treaty, it sounds to us like they want more territory. But, of course, we are cynical.

Navy ships of the two Koreas fought a brief gunbattle in November that left one North Korean sailor dead and three others wounded. They engaged in similar bloody skirmishes in 1999 and 2002.

North Korea issued a statement later Wednesday saying it had fired artillery off its coast as part of an annual military drill and would continue doing so.

Such drills "will go on in the same waters in the future," the General Staff of the (North) Korean People’s Army said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

The North fired more shots later Wednesday, but South Korea didn’t respond, a Defense Ministry official said, also requesting anonymity due to department policy.

The exchange of fire came two days after the North designated two no-sail zones in the area, including some South Korean-held waters, through March 29.

The North has sent a series of mixed signals to the South recently, combining offers of dialogue on economic cooperation with military threats, including one this month to destroy South Korea’s presidential palace. South Korean Defense Minister Kim Tae-young, meanwhile, angered Pyongyang by saying Seoul’s military should launch a pre-emptive strike if there was a clear indication the North was preparing a nuclear attack.

You see?

Both sides are to blame, at least according to the always fair Associated Press.

If only Mr. Obama would just talk to the North Koreans, without any pre-conditions.

This could all be ironed out in a jiffy.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 27th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “North Korea Fires Shots At South Korea”

  1. mr_bill says:

    I can solve this one, wait until its “that time of the month” and send Hillary over there to tell N. Korea she isn’t leaving until they give up their nukes and stop messing with S. Korea (it would probably kill Kim Jong Il to deal with her in that “condition”).

    • JohnMG says:

      …..”send Hillary over there to tell N. Korea she isn’t leaving until they give up their nukes…..”

      You’re right about this one, mr_bill. That’d kill two birds with one stone. If we were to do what you suggest, North Korea would nuke themselves.

  2. proreason says:

    North Korea is probably close to complete collapse.

    Time for Eric Holder to step in and offer them a lifeline.

  3. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    No casualties or damage were reported, and analysts said the volley — which the North announced was part of a military drill — was likely a move by Pyongyang to highlight the need for universal health care in America.

    There, I fixed it for the AP. But really, is that any less absurd?

  4. U NO HOO says:

    “that time of the month”

    Hilary is 62, too late for “that time of the month”

  5. U NO HOO says:

    This will go on forever. As Rush says, ‘a war ends when one side wins.’

    Korea ended with a truce.

  6. joeblough says:

    With Obambi at the helm, now is the time for the Norks to get aggressive.

    What do they stand to lose?

  7. MinnesotaRush says:

    The “won” probably can’t get to North Korea yet .. he’s busy laying plans to de-nuke the US.

  8. The Redneck says:

    We should have invaded years ago. Take it, hand it to South Korea, and then tell China, “Yeah? What the #@$% you gonna do about it?”

    Most South Koreans still pray for the day Korea would be one country, and would be pleased to give their starving cousins (literally, in many cases) the care they deserve–and the same for the dictators who oppressed those relatives.


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