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Tension entre las Koreas

November 23rd, North Korea fired scores of artillery shells at the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, killing at least four (two soldiers, two civilians), wounding 18 more, destroying several houses, and setting numerous fires in one of the most serious clashes between the two countries in decades.

November 23, 2010 by a South Korean tourist shows huge plumes of smoke rising from Yeonpyeong island in the disputed waters of the Yellow Sea on November 23, 2010.

A resident attempts to extinguish a house fire during North Korea’s artillery shelling of Yeonpyeong Island

Smoke billows from a brushfire on a mountain on Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea

Fire fighters extinguish a fire on Yeonpyeong island in the disputed waters of the Yellow Sea

Smoke billows from multiple locations on Yeonpyeong island near the border between North Korea and South Korea

Destroyed houses are seen on Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea, following artillery exchange between North and South Korea

An aerial view shows destroyed houses on Yeonpyeong island, South Korea

This handout picture taken and released on November 24, 2010 by the Ongjin County Office shows the badly damaged interior of a house on Yeonpyeong island in the disputed waters of the Yellow Sea a day after North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells.

Destroyed houses on Yeonpyeong island in the disputed waters of the Yellow Sea after North Korea fired artillery shells at the island

Residents are seen at an air-raid shelter after being evacuated in Yeonpyeong Island following an artillery attack by North Korea

A shell fired from North Korea is seen on Yeonpyeong Island

South Koreans take a moment of silence for South Korean marines killed in a North Korean bombardment during a rally against North Korea’s recent attack, in Seoul, South Korea

South Koreans read extra edition newspapers in downtown Seoul on November 23, 2010 after North Korea earlier in the day fired dozens of artillery shells onto a South Korean island.

Members of the South Korean Coast Guard evacuate residents from Yeonpyeong island in the disputed waters of the Yellow Sea after North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells the day before

South Korean survivors arrive as they are surrounded by relatives and media at a port in Incheon, west of Seoul, South Korea

Survivors of the artillery exchange between North and South Korea arrive at Incheon port from Yeonpyeong Island

Members of the media interview local residents from Yeonpyeong island as they arrive at the port in Inchon, west of Seoul, on a police vessel

The mother (right) of South Korean marine Seo Jeong-Woo who was killed during North Korea’s attack on Yeonpyeong Island, cries in front of a memorial altar at a military hospital in Seongnam, south of Seoul

A partially illuminated bridge to nowhere sits in the middle of the the Yalu River, which separates the North Korean border town of Siniuju (opposite bank, in darkness) from Dandong in northeast China’s Liaoning province on November 24, 2010 in Dandong. The Yalu River bridge, also known as the no-name bridge, remains standing reaching only halfway across the river after it was bombed by the U.S. in 1950 during the Korean War and eventually dismantled from its own side by North Korea shortly after the Korean War armistice.

South Koreans look at military controlled areas at the Imjingak pavilion, near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, about 55 km (34 miles) north of Seoul on November 24, 2010. The United States-led U.N. Command in Seoul said on Wednesday it had called for talks with North Korea to seek ways to ease tensions on the peninsula after Pyongyang’s deadly artillery shelling on an island in the South.

A North Korean soldier stands guard on the banks of the Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong

A border area of North Korea’s west coast, dotted with artillery bunkers and a sign reading “Long live Great leader Kim Il-Sung and his revolutionary ideology!”, as seen from South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island in the disputed waters of the Yellow Sea on January 28, 2010.

South Korean protesters, with defaced portraits of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Il and his son Kim Jong Un, shout slogans during a rally against North Korea’s attack on Yeonpyeong island, in Seoul, South Korea

Protesters trample a portrait of North Korea leader Kim Jong Il in front of the Defense Ministry, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea’s troops were on high alert Wednesday as their government exchanged threats with rival North Korea following a frightening military skirmish that ratcheted tensions on the peninsula to new extremes.

This DigitalGlobe Satellite handout image received on November 22, 2010 and taken on November 4, 2010 shows a satellite image of construction at North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear site. North Korea has unveiled a secret new uranium enrichment plant equipped with 2,000 centrifuges, US scientist Siegfried Hecker said, raising new fears on November 21, 2010 about Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. US officials accused North Korea on November 22 of flouting UN sanctions and seeking to destabilize the region amid the latest claims that the secretive state has built a sophisticated, new uranium enrichment plant at Yongbyon. 

In this undated photo released on Monday, Nov. 22, 2010 by Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, center, inspects a duck farm during an inspection trip in Ryongyon, North Korea, facing the Yellow Sea.

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