Reports indicate that artillery fire was exchanged between North and South Korea today on the small island of Yeonpyeong, which may or may not lead to further military attack. North Korea refuses to take the blame for the first shots fired, and they insist that South Korea launched the attack. The attack took place along the western border of North and South Korea on Yeonpyeong, an island that has been claimed as belonging to both North and South Korea at times. Two South Korean marines were killed in the attack and others were injured, along with four civilians.
The White House released a statement earlier this morning condemning the bombing of South Korea, but stated that they are still in close contact with their Korean allies. The White House also stated that they are staunchly devoted to maintaining peace in the Republic of Korea. European officials also condemned the attack, with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemning the attack as one of the gravest mistakes since the end of the Korean War.
This attack is certainly cause for alarm, as the animosity between North and South Korea has grown over the years. There is also the potential for a nuclear attack, as North Korea claims to have a store of uranium. Both Russia and Taiwan pleaded that both sides show restraint in the matter.
There is a chance that the tensions between nations will rise and possibly escalate to a greater fight, but, at this time, both sides are trying to figure out where they stand on the issue.
As the day draws to a close, nations across the world are appealing to North Korea and South Korea to lay down their weapons and put an end to this particular fight. It is hard to say if the tension between the countries will lead to anything more than this particular incident, but the world will watch closely as a war between North and South Korea could mean disaster for many countries. There is no doubt that this issue will not dissolve quickly, but it is the hope of each and every nation that the issue can be resolved without any more bloodshed.
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