Seoul, South Korea (CNN) -- North Korea fired artillery toward its tense western sea border with South Korea on Tuesday, killing at least one South Korean soldier, the Yonhap news agency reported.
Two civilians and 13 other South Korean military personnel were injured, with three of the soldiers seriously hurt, Yonhap said.
At least 200 rounds of artillery hit an inhabited South Korean island in the Yellow Sea after the North started firing about 2:30 p.m. local time, Yonhap said.
South Korea's military responded with 80 rounds of artillery and deployed fighter jets to counter the fire, the report said.
According to a Danish new website, which is quoting Reuters, the inhabitants of the South Korean island have been evacuated to bomb shelters. Russia also appears to have advised both NK and SK against escalating the situation.
I didn't make it!
Just read the headline on Yahoo.com's mainpage, but strangely I can't access any major sites to find out more. I mean what a time for shit not to be working. Perhaps they've begun media blackouts? Or a node went down.
South Korea says it has returned fire after North Korea fired around 200 artillery shells at one of its border islands, reportedly killing one marine.
The South's military was placed on its highest non-wartime alert after the shells landed on Yeonpyeong island.
North Korea has not yet commented on the incident, in which three marines and two civilians were also injured.
Analysts say this is one of the most serious clashes since the Korean War ended without a peace treaty in 1953.
There have been occasional cross-border clashes since, but the latest incident comes at a time of rising regional tension.
North Korea's reclusive leader Kim Jong-il is believed to be ill and trying to engineer the succession of his youngest son. And on Saturday, North Korea showed off what it claimed was a new uranium enrichment facility - potentially giving it a second route to a nuclear weapon.
Wonder whether this is KJ's last throw of the dice. Not long for this world so he hasn't got a lot left to lose.
Then again you'd hardly open a war just by pissing around with a few artillery shells and an island.... Reminds me of thugs trying to talk themselves into a fight really.
It's being reported, it's just early in the america.
you have to wonder why this is happening. either way, 2010 seems to have shaped up to be the tensest year of the conflict since the war. look forward to hearing north korea's response.
Just blow the fuck out of them northern wankers and be done with it l reckon. Sort it out, there still technically at war so fuck it, chop in.
Just a headline at the moment though.
Sky News foreign affairs editor Tim Marshall said: "I think tensions are higher now than they have ever been.
"No doubt the UN will have something to say about it.
"Over the weekend the North Koreans opened up a nuclear facility and allowed an American to look around it.
"Apparently his jaw dropped. He was staggered at how advanced they were on the nuclear weapons programme."
He added that a resumption of full conflict was not impossible.
"I suspect North Korea will get away with it," he said.
SEOUL (AP) -- North Korea is threatening to continue launching strikes against South Korea if it violates their disputed sea border ``even 0.001 millimeter.''
North Korea's supreme military command said Tuesday that it would ``launch merciless military retaliatory strikes.''
The warning was carried by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency.
The comments followed North Korea's bombardment of a South Korean island near their disputed western border Tuesday. South Korean officials said the barrage set buildings ablaze and killed at least one marine after the North warned the South to halt military drills in the area.
jackripped;5427728Just blow the fuck out of them northern wankers and be done with it l reckon. Sort it out, there still technically at war so fuck it, chop in.
have you seen how big the north korean army is? it'd be no easy task
north korea is really playing hard on this now, could be it, unless china reins NK in, which it probably will.
i wonder if kim is trying to start a war so that his successor has no choice but to continue what he started? it's definitely a good way of influencing a successor.
Have you seen how poorly supplied NK is? It'd be a few days of utter balls to the wall fighting and then they'd fall apart, they just lack the logistical depth.