November 23rd, 2010
07:47 AM ET

N. Korea fires on S. Korea, killing 2

[Updated at 7:41 a.m.] "The firing of artillery by North Korea against Yeonpyeongdo (Yeonpyeong Island) constitutes an indisputable armed provocation against the Republic of Korea. Making matters worse, it even indiscriminately fired against civilians. Such actions will never be tolerated," South Korea's Senior Secretary to the President for Public Relations said in a statement.

[Posted at 7:03 a.m.] North Korea said South Korea started an exchange of fire Tuesday by firing toward its side, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported, citing the North's Korean Central News Agency.

"Our revolutionary forces will continue to mount merciless military strikes without hesitation if the puppets in the South trespass even 0.0001 millimeters into our waters," the North's military command said in a statement, according to Yonhap.

[Posted at 6:54 a.m.] North Korea fired artillery toward its tense western sea border with South Korea on Tuesday, killing two South Korean marines, the South's Defense Ministry said.

Fifteen other South Korean soldiers were wounded, five of them seriously, defense officials said. Three civilians were injured in the attack.

About 100 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, the Yonhap news agency said. Yonhap initially reported that 200 rounds had hit. The Defense Ministry said it could not confirm the number of rounds.

South Korea's military responded with more than 80 rounds of artillery and deployed fighter jets to counter the fire, defense officials said. Firing between the two sides lasted for about an hour.

The South Korean army also raised its alert condition, Yonhap 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.


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  1. Richard in Texas

    A large bird with pink fuzzy feet was seen flying near the island just before the incident occured. In other news Cpl. Klinger has gone awol again. Last seen wearing a pink house coat and slippers.

    November 23, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    If they do nor sign a peace treaty after they are stopped then, next comes their Nuclear Facilites.It it were me. I would destroy their whole intrastructure.

    November 23, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. Richard in Texas

    Joking aside. This is what happens when kids play with guns. These two need to grow up and learn to get along.

    November 23, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Frank

    People of the United States,
    If you all need a comparison,This is like Cuba firing missles into the Florida Keys.
    Would everyone in the country just wave it off as no problem,I think not.Plus.
    how many American Soliders died during the Korean War. Too Many.......

    November 23, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. Frank

    The other probabilty is we are being baited to attack which may give China the excuse to invade Taiwan.Either way the options are no good.

    November 23, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. Andreas Moser

    Do we want to test how much China would really stand behind North Korea?

    November 23, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ace

    I say we should jus have all south koreanz n who eva else iz in the south and then let it get real quiet have sum warships place up at a suitable position and warn them to give up if not we will be realy realy mad n if they dnt agree then turn everything into rubble i no their is alot of innocents but they dnt care why should we??? Or we could give the south sum nukes and just let them duke it out either way someones allies are gonna jump in and make it worse o well who ready to go to war hold on we are already in a war how many ppl we got left to fight another war??? I see a draft coming

    November 23, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Anthony

    Seriously, where have those American balls of ours gone? Why the hell don't we bomb people anymore?

    November 30, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
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