Tuesday, November 23, 2010
WAR IN KOREA? PRESIDENT OBAMA PLAYS GOLF!
In what appeared to be one of the most serious border incidents since the 1950-53 war, South Korean troops fired back with cannon, the government convened in an underground "war room" and "multiple" air force jets scrambled.
Approximately 50 shells landed on the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong near the tense Yellow Sea border damaging dozens of houses and sending plumes of thick smoke into the air, YTN television reported.
A South Korean marine who was part of a contingent based permanently on the frontline island was killed and 13 other marines were wounded. Two civilians were also hurt during the shelling.
"A Class-A military alert issued for battle situations was imposed immediately after shelling began," a South Korean military spokesman said.
Sporadic firing by each side continued for more than an hour before dying out, the spokesman told us.
The shelling began at 2:34 pm (0534 GMT) after North Korea sent several messages protesting about South Korean naval, air force and army training exercises being staged close to the border, a presidential spokesman said.
"The shooting started bushfires at several places in the hills," Mr. Soo-Woo told a war correspondent by phone, after fleeing the island by ferry for the mainland.
President Barack Hussein Obama, D-Kenya, told reporters as he was heading out for another golf outing today "There is no reason to jump to any premature conclusions here."
"This is way over my pay grade. I am confident that our Secretary of State Hillary Clinton can handle this. Now please excuse me, I have to tee off in 20 minutes or we lose our spot."
Posted by Marty4650 at 11:17 AM