North and South Korea Trade Artillery Fire

Flash Traffic: North Korea has unleashed artillery fire on the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong. South Korean forces have returned fire.

From the NYT:

Korea shot dozens of rounds of artillery onto a populated South Korean island near their disputed western border Tuesday, military officials said, setting buildings on fire and prompting South Korea to return fire and scramble fighter jets.

The skirmish came amid tension over North Korea’s claim that it has a new uranium enrichment facility and just over a month after North Korean leader Kim Jong Il unveiled his youngest son Kim Jong Un as his heir apparent

South Korea’s YTN television said two people were injured, several houses were on fire and shells were still falling on Yeonpyeong island. The station broadcast pictures of thick columns of black smoke rising from the island.

More to follow.

Via: rdbrewer at Ace’s.

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