>WW4 File: 200 N. Korean shells pound South’s Yeonpyeong Island, 2 marines killed, other soldiers, civilians injured; S. Korean artillery responds

>– News Reports Widely Characterize Heavy Exchange of Artillery Fire as Worst Skirmish since Korean War

– Yeonpyeong Island Home to South Korean Naval Base, More than 1,000 Personnel

On Tuesday morning, North Korea, citing the “provocative” maneuvers of South Korea’s annual nationwide military drill Hoguk, pounded the South’s Yeonpyeong Island in the Yellow Sea with 200 shells. Two marines were killed and a number of other soldiers and civilians. More than 70 houses were destroyed by the North Korean artillery barrage (pictured above). Yeonpyeong is home to a military base with 1,000 marines and sailors.

The Republic of Korea dispatched F-16 fighter jets to the area and South Korean artillery responded with 70 to 80 salvoes. The South Korean government evacuated the entire civilian population, numbering 1,780, to an air raid shelter on the mainland. Meanwhile, South Korea President Lee Myung-bak and his cabinet convened an emergency meeting in a bunker under the presidential compound in Seoul.

Both North and South Korea have vowed further reprisals if the other should carry out further military actions, using phrases like “merciless retaliatory strikes” and “enormous retaliation,” respectively. A political analyst from the People’s Republic of China, North Korea’s only major ally, suggested that Kim Jong-il’s heir apparent, Kim Jong-un, instigated the attack to consolidate his authority over the Korean People’s Army. Kim Jong-il has visited Red China twice this year. Russia’s Foreign Ministry urged the two Koreas to avoid “colossal danger.”

Israel’s Debkafile reports that the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet, which includes the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, has been placed on alert should the military situation on the Korean Peninsula escalate. The fleet is based at Yokosuka. Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, according to the MSM, has ordered his government “to be prepared for any developments on the Korean peninsula.”

According to Debkafile, Kan specifically called US President Barack Hussein Obama with the demand to organize a US-South Korean-Japanese military reprisal against Communist North Korea. Following the skirmish, US Press Secretary Robert Gibbs reaffirmed the White House’s commitment to the US-South Korean alliance.

Over the weekend, US academic Siegfried Hecker, who recently toured North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear complex, stated that he saw more than a thousand operational uranium-enrichment centrifuges at the facility.

One response to “>WW4 File: 200 N. Korean shells pound South’s Yeonpyeong Island, 2 marines killed, other soldiers, civilians injured; S. Korean artillery responds

  1. mah29001 November 27, 2010 at 4:35 am

    >One must wonder why the Red Chinese and the Russians are telling how bad Crazy Kim is being as perhaps they'd prefer the Golitsynite style of deception for unity between the two Koreas instead of war.

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