Oooh that is not good:
INCHEON — South Korea warned North Korea on Tuesday of “enormous retaliation” if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953.
The South fired back after Tuesday’s attack and sent fighter jets to the area, close to a disputed maritime border on the west of the divided Korean peninsula and the scene of deadly clashes between the two rivals in the past.
South Korea was conducting military drills in the area at the time but said it had not been firing at the North. Pyongyang blamed Seoul for starting the fight, which killed two South Korean soldiers and wounded 17 others along with three civilians and razed scores of houses.
Read more: [url]http://www.nationalpost.com/news/South+Korea+warns+retaliation+after+artillery+atta ck+North/3870768/story.html#ixzz16ANe3Xob[/url][url]http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=7051[/url]President Lee Myung Bak apparently declared, “Punish them several times over,” immediately after receiving word of North Korea’s attack on Yeonpyeong Island this afternoon.
Blue House spokesperson Kim Hee Jung reported the President’s reaction, which he gave at the Blue House Center for National Crisis Management in a video meeting with the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Han Min Ku. President Lee apparently told Han, “Attack in cases where the other side shows any sign of a provocation; there is a missile base in the vicinity of the coastal cannon base.”
Senior Officer to the President for Public Relations Hong Sang Pyo released the President’s statement at 6:05 P.M., saying, “It is a clear armed provocation. Especially, an indiscriminate attack on civilians is completely unforgivable.”Due to North Korea’s 21-minute long attack on Yeonpyeong Island this afternoon, one marine has been killed, three seriously injured and a further ten slightly injured. Two island residents have been hurt.
Meanwhile, an investigation into the scale of other damage is ongoing. Approximately 11 out of a total of 600 homes on the island were on fire as of 4:30 PM, but the fires are reportedly spreading. According to one resident interviewed by YTN over the phone, “It seems that all the houses are going to burn” because they are grouped together and efforts to extinguish those on fire have not been able to get underway. Additional fires are burning in wooded areas of the island.
Residents have reportedly been evacuated from the settlement on the island into 20 shelters.
South Korea’s armed forces have been put on emergency alert, while the region including the five islands in the West Sea has been put on Jindo-I, the highest alert used in times of war.
If they had decided to make their megalopolis somewhere reasonable in the south instead of in that sleepy little town it would be so much easier to have taken care of this problem decades ago...