Artillery exchanged on the Korean DMZ

Posted on: August 21st, 2015 by Will Rodriguez 3 Comments

CNN reports that North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)in the latest exchange in escalating tensions on the peninsula.

South Korea alleged North Korean forces planted land mines in the neutral DMZ that two weeks ago almost killed two South Korean soldiers.  South Korea’s response was to resume loudspeaker broadcasts across the DMZ.  North Korea protested and fired two rockets in the vicinity of the speakers.  South Korea responded with 36 round artillery shell barrage.

This is just the latest in a series of skirmishes between the two countries but the most intense since the sinking of a South Korean ship in disputed waters in 2009.  There are currently ongoing allied military exercises in South Korea consisting of 28,000 troops.

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  • YankeePapa

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    …This time around definitely odd.  The North Koreans expressed “regrets” for their murder of South Korean soldiers in the mine incident (they used a less pejorative term…)  The South Koreans said that they would cease loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts at the DMZ. 
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    …I have followed Korean history for a long time… but why this turned out as it did is beyond me.  If anything, I expected the NKPA to simply stop shooting.  Perhaps the South Korean rounds crossing the border rattled somebody’s cage.  Too many times in the past just protests.
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    “You can get more with a machine-gun and a *smile…* than you can get with just a smile…” 
      -Machine Gun Kelly-
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    -YP-

  • YankeePapa 
    North Korea apologizing?  That is new.  Maybe they’re afraid of more starvation than usual since South Korea is one of their key sources of charity food.
    On the other hand, another first is the larget deployment of Nork Subs since the Korean war.  Some sources say 50 Nork subs have put to sea with no known location. http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/more-than-50-north-korean-subs-missing-from-their-bases-as-talks-with-south-seek-to-avert-conflict

    Another source says 70.  http://www.youngcons.com/70-of-north-koreas-submarines-have-left-their-bases-cant-be-located/

    In any case these are conventional subs so they have to run a snorkel or surface to run diesels while their batteries recharge.  Diesel running is also much louder than batteries.  Hopefully they’ll get picked up. Heck, we might know and not be talking about it so the Norks don’t make it any harder than it is to keep track.

  • YankeePapa

    majrod YankeePapa ,
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    …Well, if I were the late Tom Clancy, I might spin the following yarn.  The North Koreans attempt a stunt.  Want to fire a missile from sub.  They rig up something on one of their subs that will work… but like the early missile subs… it has to surface to fire. 
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    …Idea is to get sub near southern tip of Okinawa and fire across tip while ceremonies going on there.  Problem is sub-hunters… So you put 50 or more and it becomes a shell game.
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    …Missile (no warhead) proves defective and lands in massive crowd in Okinawan market.  Japanese government gives orders to sub-hunter ships and aircraft to sink all North Korean subs… then… … …
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    -YP-