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North Korea (Nov 23) – In a case of, he said, she said, North Korea and South Korea have been shelling each other in the worst trouble between the two nations since the Korean war ended without a peace treaty in 1953.
The South says that while they were conducting military exercises, all shells were directed away from the North. The North say that this is a lie and the shells they sent over, which killed two marines, were in direct retaliation. The South issued their highest non-wartime alert after the shells landed on Yeonpyeong Island.
North Koreas reclusive and oh so lonely leader Kim Jong Il has long been rumored to be gravely ill and has been grooming his son to take over. It became known that this weekend Kim Jong Il showed off his new uranium enrichment plant to an American scientist, which led to the Americans publicly stating that they would be fighting in South Korea’s corner.
At least 50 North Korean shells landed on the South Korean island, most hitting the military base there. The South fired back with 80 shells, and issued a threat to the North that they would “sternly retaliate against any further provocations.”
Naturally, these threats were ignored as the North Korean military believe that they were not in the wrong on this one, and that far from being the bad guys, they have to put up with “the evil South” and their regular intrusions, which is largely to do with the disputed maritime border.
In March when a South Korean warship was sunk by an explosion, killing 46, all evidence pointed to foul play by their neighbors to the North. While never actually proven or claimed responsibility for, the North more than likely did sink the ship, this is based solely on quotes such as The North “will continue to make merciless military attacks with no hesitation if the South Korean enemy dares to invade our sea territory by 0.001mm.” Which is strict, and slightly over the top.
The EU, Russia, and the UK voiced their disapproval of the North’s actions, while North Koreas strongest ally, China, said nothing other than that both countries should try harder to get along.
The shelling has stopped, for now. More trouble is expected.
On a lighter note, Prince William and his missus have decided to get married on my birthday next year, April 29, the same day that Hitler married Eva Braun. Good for them.
Henry Hunter. WorldNewsVine Rome.