Oh, bugger -- another conflict brewing on the international stage. From the LA Times:
North Korea fires on South Korean island
Numerous casualties are reported as artillery rounds strike the island. South Korean troops return fire.
By John M. Glionna and Ethan Kim, Los Angeles Times
November 23, 2010|12:11 a.m.
Reporting from Seoul
North Korea on Tuesday fired dozens of artillery rounds onto a populated South Korean island, apparently causing numerous casualties after Pyongyang claimed Seoul was readying for "an invasion," according to media reports here.
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak called an emergency session of his national security council in an underground bunker at the presidential residence late Tuesday to devise a response to the attack, which occurred near the disputed western border between north and south.
South Korean soldiers returned fire but it was not clear whether any North Koreans were killed or injured.
The South Korean military was conducting drills near Yeonpyeong island when the North opened fire about 2:30 p.m. Seoul time, officials said. Pyongyang had earlier sent letters to Seoul that it considered the exercises "preparation for an invasion," which South Korea denied, officials said.
A spokeswoman for Lee said the Seoul government was looking into the motive behind the sudden attacks.
"Our Navy was conducting a maritime exercise near the western sea border today. North Korea has sent a letter of protest over the drill. We're examining a possible link between the protest and the artillery attack," said Kim Hee-jung, the spokeswoman.
Just what the world needs -- more armed conflict.
And just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, too.
Hat-tip ThomasTallis of DelphiForums for the heads-up.