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. Michigan girl

    Must be the holiday season they always have to start sh!t during our holidays

    November 23, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. Kim Jong Il

    Hans Brix? Oh no! Oh, herro. Great to see you again, Hans!

    November 23, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. Hans Blix

    Mr. Il, I was supposed to be allowed to inspect your palace today, but your guards won't let me enter certain areas.

    November 23, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kim Jong Il

    Hans, Hans, Hans! We've been frew this a dozen times. I don't have any weapons of mass destwuction, OK Hans?

    November 23, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Hans Blix

    Then let me look around, so I can ease the UN's collective mind. I'm sorry, but the UN must be firm with you. Let me in, or else.

    November 23, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kim Jong Il

    Or else what?

    November 23, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. Hans Blix

    Or else we will be very angry with you... and we will write you a letter, telling you how angry we are.

    November 23, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kim Jong Il

    OK, Hans. I'll show you. Stand to your reft.

    November 23, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. Hans Blix

    *Moves to the left*

    November 23, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. Kim Jong Il

    A rittle more.

    November 23, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. Homer Simpson

    not ready for primetime

    November 23, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. Hans Blix

    *Moves to the left again*

    November 23, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. Kim Jong Il

    Good. *Opens up trap, Hans falls in*

    November 23, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  14. Richard in Texas

    Michigan Girl. Do you really think the Koreans care that it is the holiday season in the US? When is it not holiday season ?

    November 23, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  15. Frank

    Dear President Obama,
    Please fire all your policy advisors on North Korea.Your policy on dealing with them is an absolute failure.The North Koreans are obviously looking for a fight.
    There missle launch facilities need to be destroyed in order to send a message.
    If they come across the border,tactical nukes should be used to stop them.The Chinese either have lost control of them or they gave the go ahead to start a conflict.

    November 23, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
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