Tuesday, November 23, 2010

North Korea Bombs South Korea

BREAKING NEWS...North Korea has bombed the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, in the Yellow Sea,  with more than 200 rounds of artillery shells.
In response to the attack South Korea's military returned fire with 80 rounds of artillery shells and deployed fighter jets to ward off the fire.  The artillery shell firing by both sides lasted about an hour in the Yellow Sea. 
When the firing stopped two South Korean marines were killed, 15 soldiers and three civilians were injured and it is unknown if anyone was injured or killed in North Korea.  The Northern attacks caused fires to houses and some forests on the island. 
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said in response of the attacks on his country, "Enormous retaliation should be made to the extent that (North Korea) cannot make provocations again."  He went on to say, "The provocation this time can be regarded as an invasion of South Korean territory."
South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported this is "the first direct artillery attack on South Korean territory since the Korean War ended in an armistice, not a formal peace treaty in the 1950s."
International diplomats are urging South Korea to use restraint in this matter.