Friday, January 29th, 2010
North Korea fired artillery toward a disputed sea border with its southern neighbor for the third straight day on Friday in a move seen by the South’s president as a ploy by Pyongyang to put pressure on regional powers.
President Lee Myung-bak also said the North’s troubled economy was reeling under U.N. sanctions to punish its nuclear test last year, but he added that the destitute state was nowhere near collapse and leader Kim Jong-il was firmly in charge.
“There was the sound of about 20 artillery rounds above North Korean waters near (the South’s) Yeonpyeong island,” an official with the military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said by telephone.
The North has fed hundreds of rounds of artillery this week in the direction of a disputed naval border with the South that landed in the North’s waters. The firing along the heavily armed border lined with thousands of artillery pieces has not resulted in any injuries or damage.
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This article was posted: Friday, January 29, 2010 at 5:42 am