Two South Korean marines were killed and 17 others injured, as well as three civilians, after North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells onto a Yeonpyeong Island in the Yellow sea, 50 miles off the South’s northwest coast in an area close to a disputed sea border.The attack, which comes days after it emerged that North Korea was pressing ahead with its illegal nuclear programme, marks a serious further escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
A presidential statement said the shelling “constitutes a clear armed provocation.”
China, meanwhile has shown its real position with the statement:
“We hope the relevant parties do more to contribute to peace and stability on the Korean peninsula,” said a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, adding that China was still seeking information on the clash. “The situation needs to be verified,” he said.
Oh, sure. It needs to be verified. The attacked needs to do more to contribute to peace and stability the in the area. Yeah, I’m sure that if China would be the attacked, Chinese Govt would also say that they do need to do more for peace and stability.
Russia has also Warned “against military escalation in the area“.
What assholes. What they should do is press North Korea against producing that “military escalation“, as it was the one who attacked. And it was not the first time.
South Korean military confirms one South Korean marine killed, three in serious condition. Witness tells TV channel shelling around island has stopped even as fire burns out of control.
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said on Tuesday he was trying to prevent the exchange of artillery fire between North and South Korea from escalating into a greater conflict, Yonhap news reported.
YTN television reported that Seoul had warned of a stronger response if the North continued with provocations.
S.Korea top presidential aides are meeting in underground bunker at presidential compound.
Well, imagine that South Korea didn’t have its own Army and the support of the US military. Better not to say you’re “against the military“, because with fools like North Koren president around, is better to being able to defend your country… 🙄
The United Arab Emirates has seized a ship illegally carrying weapons from North Korea to Iran, diplomatic sources say. The incident comes at a time of heightened western concern about Iran’s nuclear capabilities.
…. The Australian-owned cargo ship is reported to have been carrying grenade launchers, detonators, and munitions falsely listed as machine parts on its shipping manifesto.
A new round of UN sanctions on North Korea was approved unanimously on June 12, following a nuclear weapons test by Pyongyang and subsequent missile launches.
… According to news agency AFP, US experts believe North Korea has earned hundreds of millions of dollars by exporting military technology until recent sanctions. North Korean ships have previously been intercepted as they headed to Myanmar.
The arms seizure comes in the midst of an apparent thawing of relations between North Korea and the rest of the world. In August, Pyongyang freed two US reporters who had been sentenced to 12 years in prison for “hostile acts.”
Pakistani judge ruled on Friday that nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan should be allowed freedom of movement more than five years after being put under house arrest for his role in a nuclear proliferation scandal.
Now, are they all related or are just a coincidence?
North Korea denounced upcoming joint South Korean and U.S. military drills and said it would “wipe out” the countries with nuclear weapons if they threatened the communist state, its KCNA news agency said on Sunday.
Of course, hmm, has any person from Obama’s Administration spoken about this? Was that another price to pay for the release of Al-Gore’s media journalists? Yes, it was Bush the one who changed policy in that… But wasn’t Obama the one who had come to save the world from all Bush’s failures? Oh, wait…: only if it’s about the “Muslim world” (even if they are Hizbullah or Terrorist apologists).
Israel has accused North Korea of supplying at least half a dozen Mideast governments with nuclear technology or conventional arms.
World powers at a 145-nation Vienna meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency at the same time urged North Korea to stop reactivating its weapons-producing atomic programme.
The comments focused on North Korea’s black market role and its reversal of a commitment to mothball its nuclear activities in exchange for trade and security guarantees.
In the latest setback, US chief negotiator Christopher Hill returned Friday to South Korea from a three-day trip to the North to try to salvage a six-party disarmament pact after North Korea reversed the dismantling of its nuclear facilities. He was hoping to draw the government in Pyongyang back to the negotiating table with an offer of a face-saving compromise.
US State Department spokesman Robert Wood in Washington told reporters the North was still moving previously stored equipment from its nuclear facilities back to its original location.
In Vienna, Russia, China, Japan and South Korea urged the North to honor its nuclear pledge, shortly before the gathering — the IAEA general conference — passed a resolution expressing the same sentiments.
North Korea indicated on Wednesday it would not let international nuclear inspectors remove nuclear samples from its plant that makes arms-grade plutonium, a move which could hamper international disarmament efforts.
Separately, the United States said it had purchased 50,000 tonnes of heavy fuel oil to be shipped to North Korea, although a U.S. official acknowledged that the Bush administration had disagreements with Pyongyang on verification.
North Korea is building a new missile base near its border with China to launch rockets that exceed its current range capability, South Korea’s defence minister said today.
Lee Sang-hee told South Korea’s parliament that the new missile site on North Korea’s west coast was designed to fire “a bigger-sized missile or satellite projectile” than rockets deployed on the North’s existing Taepodong facility on the country’s east coast.
North Korea’s missile programme has been a key regional concern, along with its nuclear programme – the country carried out its only nuclear test in 2006.