Lest people think North Korea was bluffing, they’ve finally began their “physical response” to recent South Korea—US naval drills with a massive artillery barrage on the poor fish that live on their side of the NLL:
North Korea fired 110 artillery rounds at waters near a disputed western sea border with the South on Monday, escalating already high tensions after the sinking in March of a South Korean warship.
About 10 shells landed near Byeongryeong, a South Korean border island, followed by an additional 100 rounds falling near another border island, Yeonpyeong, said a spokesman of the Office of Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul, who insisted on anonymity until there was a formal government announcement.
The spokesman said that all the shells fell just north of the so-called Northern Limit Line, or N.L.L., which both South Korea and the United States consider the only legitimate western sea border between the Koreas and have patrolled since the three-year Korean War ended in a cease-fire in 1953.
No word on how many innocent fish were killed.
Now, what’s interesting about this is that a couple of South Korean sources are claiming some of the shells fell on the southern side of the NLL:
But the South Korean national news agency Yonhap and SBS, a domestic television network, citing unidentified military sources, reported that some of the rounds crossed the line. The two South Korean islands, heavily populated by South Korean marines and fishermen, lie within the 17-mile range of North Korea’s coastline artillery.
I hope that 1) those reports are mistaken; and 2) if they are correct, a few South Korean artillery shells begin falling uncomfortably close in the waters just off North Korean artillery positions.