Korea Marks Anniversary of Yeonpyeong Naval Battle

  • Arirang News

    July 01, 2013 10:50

    When the whole nation was celebrating Korea's advancement to the semifinals of the FIFA World Cup in 2002, North Korea sprang a sudden attack after one of its patrol ships defied warnings and crossed the Northern Limit Line, a de-factor maritime border in the West Sea, then fired artillery near the border island of Yeonpyeong.

    The naval clash ended in just 25 minutes, but it claimed the lives of six South Korean marines, leaving 10 others critically wounded. Thirteen North Korean soldiers also died, and the patrol ship withdrew in flames after being fired on in return.

    Eleven years have passed since but tensions near the inter-Korean maritime border remain high. The risk of similar shock attacks is still considered high as the socialist enclave continues to question the legitimacy of the NLL, arguing that it should be drawn further south.

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