posted on Nov, 23 2010 @ 01:47 AM
Originally posted by HunkaHunka
Originally posted by antar
So no biggie? Nothing to worry about I can now go peacefully to bed?
Unless you live in Korea
That is a bit too broad a statement to make.
Yeonpyeong Island is a group of South Korean islands in the Yellow Sea, located about 80 km west of Incheon and 12 km south of the coast of Hwanghae
Province, North Korea. The main island of the group is Daeyeonpyeong Island, also referred to simply as Yeonpyeong Island, with an area of 7.01 km²
and a population of 1,176 (1999). The other inhabited island is Soyeonpyeong Island, with a small population and an area of 0.24 km²
This is not mainland Korea by any stretch of the imagination. This is also certainly not the first or last time this island has been shelled in a
conflict which has stretched for generations...
For those of you too lazy/busy to do your own research, here is some information about the area.
"The Northern Limit Line is considered by South Korea as the sea boundary between itself and North Korea, while North Korea disagrees and states that
the boundary is farther south. North Korean fishing vessels often wander into the area and are frequently chased away by South Korean patrol vessels.
Occasionally a North Korean patrol tries to enforce its southern claim by traversing the limit line. In 2002 one such incursion turned into a naval
battle along the limit line."
Both the North Korean and South Korean flotillas took casualties from the action. Thirteen North Koreans were killed and twenty five wounded while
four South Korean sailors died and nineteen were injured. The damaged South Korean craft later sank while under tow, while the damaged North Korean
vessel was able to limp its way back to port. Both sides laid blame on each other and South Korea demanded an apology from North Korea. The North
Korean news agency (KCNA) reported that: "there was an unexpected exchange of fire between the two sides due to reckless armed provocations by South
Korean naval vessels in the West Sea on June 29, causing losses of human lives and the sinking of a vessel." and restated the North Korean position
that the Northern Limit Line is not an internationally agreed border.