Greetings everyone, have you seen the news for today? a shocking news about two country which share the same name but different area.. oh well the hot buzz for today is about North Korea attack South Korea, and as I'm writing this at the moment, the news flash mention about the death of two South Korea marines while the other 15 soldier were seriously injured. whats going on actually? I kept on goggling and found tons of source mentioning about the incident.
According to the reliable sources I've read in several articles; the so-call-war began when North Korea attacked Yeonpyeong Island in the Yellow Sea. More than 100 rounds of ammunition were fired at the island. Oh my, imagine of all the families who're relaxing and enjoying the holiday on that island, such massacre could turn out to be traumatize. the island has long been involved in a border dispute between North and South Korea. South Korea responded to the deadly attack, firing off about about 80 of its own rounds of ammunition.
The battle bettween these two country lasted for about an hour. South Korea even deployed fighter jets, the F-16 to the western sea as to assist them in the battle. the place where the battle was taken, Yeonpyeong Island is near where the Cheonan, a South Korean warship, was sunk by the North Koreans back in March.
according to the local news, the North were even fired indiscriminately onto the civilians, such act is not to be tolerated said spokesman of the local news. if such event happen in Malaysia, the whole nation would surely "asah parang" as the North who're triggering the spark of violence in the first place.
The United States ( White House )has condemned this attack on South Korea and claims that such event/act as "belligerent". A defense department official says the their "hope is that this is just one isolated incident, not an escalation into a different military posture" by the North. well personally I don't agree on this, the action need to be taken in case they launch another attack again on South.
In London, William Hague urged Pyongyang to stop further "unprovoked" attacks.
Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said there was a "colossal danger" of escalation, Reuters reported, adding: "Those who started this bear a huge responsibility."
China, North Korea's main ally, steered clear of assigning blame. Foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei urged both sides to "do more to contribute to peace and stability in the region".
An unofficial spokesman for North Korea told the Guardian that firing artillery was a "totally justifiable act of self-defence" in response to the sea drills and warned that nuclear war could follow "at any point" unless the exercises stop. Pyongyang has repeatedly issued such threats in the past.
"If the South continues its dangerous behaviour, Seoul will be the next target. It will be a sea of fire," said Kim Myong-chol, executive director of the Centre for Korean-American Peace.
Han Seung-joo, a former South Korean foreign minister, said the attack was the most serious clash since the end of the Korean war in 1953, in the sense that it targeted land.
Han said: "It is not only because it involves civilian casualties, but the deliberateness of the bombardment."
But he added: "I don't think it will escalate into anything much more serious than it has been."
He said the "reckless and provocative" act suggested desperation on North Korea's part and suggested it might be meant to send a message to a domestic audience rather than the outside world, boosting solidarity and "show[ing] that they can get away with this".
Professor Chu Shulong, an expert on international security at Beijing's Tsinghua University, said it was too early to be sure what had happened.
But he added: "Over the years North Korea has always been a place that likes to make trouble to get attention from the international community. After they get attention, they can start a new round of negotiations and get supplies from other countries. This is what they have been doing during the past 20 years."
The disputed maritime border has long been a source of friction and has seen repeated skirmishes – in some cases fatal – in recent years.
Relations between the two Koreas have remained tense since the South's Cheonan warship sank in March, killing 46 sailors. An international investigation led by Seoul blamed a North Korean torpedo, but Pyongyang denies any involvement
*the information of this article were collected from various source from the internet. credits to all the writers for providing this.
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