Artillery heard on South Korean island

2010-11-26 09:35

Yeonpyeong Island - South Korea said fresh artillery shots were heard on Friday on this Yellow Sea island, three days after it was devastated by a North Korean attack and hours after Pyongyang warned that the peninsula was on the brink of war.

The blasts happened just after the top US commander in South Korea, General Walter Sharp, toured Yeonpyeong Island in a show of solidarity with Seoul and to survey damage from Tuesday's hail of North Korean artillery fire that killed four people.

An official at the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said several new rounds of artillery fire were heard on Friday on Yeonpyeong, which is just 11km south of the North Korean mainland. The military official said several distant explosive sounds came from the direction of North Korea.

AP photographers at an observation point on the northwest side of Yeonpyeong heard about four explosions, and said they witnessed at least one flash of light on the North Korean mainland.

Military drill

South Korea's YTN television network, citing an unidentified military official, said North Korea apparently was carrying out a military drill, and had fired up to 20 rounds. Yeonpyeong residents were fleeing to shelters, the report said. The report couldn't be immediately confirmed.

Only a few dozen residents remained on Yeonpyeong, with most of the population of 1 300 fleeing in the hours and days after Tuesday's attack and authorities urging them to evacuate.

Pyongyang's state news agency said drills this weekend involving South Korean forces and a US nuclear powered supercarrier in Yellow Sea waters amount to a reckless move to target the North.

"The situation on the Korean peninsula is inching closer to the brink of war," the dispatch from the Korean Central News Agency said. "Gone are the days when verbal warnings are served only."

North Korea's army and people are "now greatly enraged" and "getting fully ready to give a shower of dreadful fire," the agency said. "Escalated confrontation would lead to a war, and he who is fond of playing with fire is bound to perish."

Sharp toured Yeongpyeong earlier on Friday, dressed in a heavy camouflage jacket and army fatigues and wearing a black beret. He walked down a heavily damaged street strewn with debris from buildings. Around him were charred bicycles and shattered bottles of soju, a kind of Korean alcoholic drink.

  • rog - 2010-11-26 10:08

    War and rumours of war !!!!!U .S North ,South ,at the end people die!!!Sad!!

  • GTFO - 2010-11-26 10:08


  • pointblankza - 2010-11-26 10:12

    North Korea and ANCYL are cut from the same cloth. Both equally and completely out of touch with reality.

      Vaal Donkie - 2010-11-26 10:41

      Yes, but North Korea has nuclear missiles.

      pointblankza - 2010-11-26 11:01

      Mmmm, good point.

      gmck21 - 2010-11-26 11:15

      GOD imagine juli-ASS with nuclear weapons. Eish...

  • smiphillip - 2010-11-26 10:40

    Ja.... and governments the world over still cannot and will not solve mankind’s problems..... Point proven... This is going to be war number, what 27 in the world which currently has about 26 ongoing conflicts..

  • shmangle - 2010-11-26 10:49

    If it does result in war, the yanks will probably bail out South Korea, cos they want the North under control, that's all good and well, I've got no problem with the yanks helping South Korea, the problem comes in if China decides to help get involved on North Korea's side. That could get nasty.

      smiphillip - 2010-11-26 11:01

      That would be ugly. China has the largest army personal count.. If they get involved, NATO and the UN, that is then the rest of Europe and any other member...

  • gmck21 - 2010-11-26 11:16

    maybe the US will save africa one day too...

  • pop101 - 2010-11-26 11:38

    "In the past few months, the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) sent a delegation to a conference in Pyongyang and was quoted by the North's official media as calling North Korean leader Kim Jong-il the "great guardian" of peace". Sorry to make this a political SA thing, but I just read this quote somewhere else. They truly are a bunch of idiots.

  • Scaredman - 2010-11-26 13:13

    I am in South Korea now. They have done in amazing things in that they have managed to build up so quickly. It is nowhere as beautiful as South Africa, but the service and their standards are so much higher than ours. I hope that they don't have to start from scratch, again. The article about the ancyl supporting North Korea can be found here: How can these idiots show support to North Korea? What is going through their feeble minds? 2 Million people or starved to death in the 1990's whilst Kim "small man complex" jung il was having his personal chef fly to Europe to prepare a single meal for him. This truly shows the extent of the ANCYL's stupidity and with them the ANC (masters). Wake up, the communist agenda is being pushed more and more everyday. Trying to control the media, everyone getting poorer, the rich (elite-ANC) richer, trying to cap what private companies are paying their employers, nationalization of the mines, etc....

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