A Small Dispute Between Neighbors

| December 3, 2019 | 3 Comments

 

A few days ago, South Korea fired “warning shots” at a North Korean ship.

https://www.militarytimes.com/flashpoints/2019/11/27/south-korea-fires-warning-shots-at-north-korean-ship/

From the article:  SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s military fired warning shots Wednesday to repel a North Korean merchant ship after it violated their disputed western sea boundary, Seoul officials said, the second such incident in two months.

Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that it believes the North Korean ship crossed the sea boundary due to bad weather and an engine problem. No further violence was reported.

It’s the second time that South Korea has fired warning shots to drive back a North Korean ship in the area since South Korea’s current liberal government took office in 2017. The first incident happened in September, according to South Korea’s military.

Ties between the two Koreas are strained amid a stalemate in U.S.-led diplomacy on ending the North Korean nuclear crisis. – article

Unfortunately, diplomacy sometimes just does not work when the governance of one country says it can do whatever it wants to. How many times have we seen that elsewhere?

Category: Korea, North Korea

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:

    “Warning shot?” The sound heard just before the round (s) penetrates the target.

    The ROKs are smart to drive away any vessel approaching their territory. It is only a matter of when, not if, that someone mimics a Hollywood or Clancy novel to again use a civilian looking vehicle to wreak havoc. 11 Sep 01 ring a bell?

  2. At least there were not any S. Korean Seouls on board.

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