Sunday, 28 November 2010

A Second Korean War? South Admits Firing First Shells in Row with North Korea

South Korea has admitted it fired artillery shells that triggered an early morning clash with North Korea. However it says it was part of a military drill and denied it was directed at the North. Earlier Seoul blamed the North for what it called an unprovoked shelling of its island. Pyongyang claimed the South had violated its maritime border during the military drills. Seoul has since threatened its neighbour with what it called 'enormous retaliation'.

Although the North was somewhat provoked they should not have shelled the South Korean island.

However, critics of the North should bear in mind the context of this attack and the likelihood that North Koreans did not sink the Cheonan earlier this year (see here, here and here).

Provocations that can lead to war must be stopped. Let's not have another unnecessary conflict if we can help it. All sides need to back off.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 28th, 2010.]

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