The bodies of two civilians have been found on the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, which was shelled in Tuesday's attack by the North.

The bodies of two civilians have been found on the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, which was shelled in Tuesday's attack by the North.

Two South Korean marines also died, and many were injured when dozens of artillery shells hit the island - most of them striking a military base.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called it one of the "gravest incidents" since the Korean War.

The US president has pledged to stand shoulder to shoulder with South Korea.

Military drills

The burnt bodies of two men in their 60s were found on Wednesday on the island, which lies near the disputed inter-Korean Yellow Sea border. According to the South Korean Coast Guard, they were believed to be construction workers.

The latest TV pictures of the island show neighbourhoods reduced to rubble with shops and homes burnt and destroyed.

At least 18 people were injured in the attack. Hundreds fled the island, taking ferries to the mainland where they described what happened.

"I heard the sound of artillery, and I felt that something was flying over my head," said Lim Jung-eun, a 36-year-old housewife who fled the island with her three children. "Then the mountain caught on fire."

South Korea returned fire after the attack, said it was suspending flood aid to the North and threatened missile strikes if there were "further provocations".

In response, North Korea repeated claims that Seoul provoked the artillery attack by firing into the North's territory.

In a statement after the exchange of fire, the North accused Seoul of driving the peninsula to the "brink of war" with "reckless military provocation" and by postponing humanitarian aid, according to the North's official KCNA news agency.

In a telephone call, US President Barack Obama assured the South Korean president of his country's firm and full commitment to the defence of an ally.

The two countries are due to hold joint military drills beginning on Sunday.

A US aircraft carrier with 75 warplanes left a naval base south of Tokyo on Wednesday, bound for Korean waters.

The nuclear-powered USS George Washington has a crew of more than 6,000 while the US has a total of some 28,000 troops stationed in the South.

US Forces Korea said the exercise had been organised in advance of Tuesday's attack and was intended to be a deterrent.

"While planned well before yesterday's unprovoked artillery attack, it demonstrates the strength of the South Korea-US alliance and our commitment to regional stability through deterrence," it said in a statement.

But the BBC's John Sudworth, in Seoul, said the deterrent effect may be limited - the carrier was in Korean waters just a few months ago as part of a show of strength that appears to have done little to temper North Korea's actions.

Meanwhile, the Chinese foreign ministry said in its first detailed comments that it took the incident "very seriously", and expressed "pain and regret at the loss of life and property".

"We feel anxious about developments," spokesman Hong Lei said. "China strongly urges both North and South Korea to exercise calm and restraint and as quickly as possible engage in dialogue and contacts."

China - the North's main ally - also opposed "any actions harmful to peace and the stability" of the Korean Peninsula, Mr Hong added.

Source: BBC News http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11827080

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4 years 4 weeks ago, 10:22 AM

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i think it was Godzilla if you ask me....that mother fucker's got people issues

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Godzilla

I heard that BlondePrincess gets hot every time she sees a picture of him.

Think about it - does that take your mind off of sex? If the idea turns you on, you're as sick as me and ebear.

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4 years 4 weeks ago, 10:30 AM

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we can't afford a Godzilla, we have a 2ft tall Chupacabra who spits out Mole`

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4 years 4 weeks ago, 10:36 AM

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how about a little

Moamar Kadaffi action from libya,that would be one smart bomb into the dinner party of the kim jong clan,might get the trifecta,kim jong ill,kim jong eloco,and l"il kim.

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4 years 4 weeks ago, 10:36 AM

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I put up a serious legit post and read everything before I posted it and already its been Hijacked by a ebear and his Godzilla in Chupacabra costume lol. But in the interest of fairness I ask atleast 2 or 3 people put a comment on here about the topic at hand please. Dont get me wrong I have hijacked a few post in my days here but I think this is something serious here. N.Koreans Shelling there southern counterparts. Is this an act of war and if so will it be like another Korean war?

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4 years 4 weeks ago, 10:39 AM

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go sign up

before you get drafted snaks

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4 years 4 weeks ago, 10:40 AM

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fuck that....i want you to turn this thread around and head for Cuba...or ill press the button....i mean it

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They have a truce. Technically they are still at war so it would be a continuation or resumption of "hostilities".

I agree with Lucky. Send in Team 1 and target the party to minimize collateral damage and drop a few smarts in their loco laps!!

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4 years 4 weeks ago, 10:43 AM

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We can to an embargo on soy sauce, and starve them out

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4 years 4 weeks ago, 10:45 AM

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Starve

they already eat dirt.

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4 years 4 weeks ago, 10:46 AM

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how about we make them drive thier own Kia's that'll teach them

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Not an act of war

NK does this shit from time to time, just to tell everyone, "Hey, motherfuckers, we're here!"
It's just a little island, very near to the NK mainland. It's not like they shelled Seoul.
Everybody in the various governments understands that this is what's happening. Obama said what was scripted for him to say. So did China.
Kim Jung Il does his goofy shit. It's about regime survival. Now he's apparently chosen his "heir", in Kim Jung Un, and coincidentally pissed the leaders of the NK army off.
It's also possible that some military officer did the shelling on his own, and no NK military officer in NK will ever be slapped down for doing something aggressive.

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4 years 4 weeks ago, 10:53 AM

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Nah you can go ebear you can castrate castro and do a mexican hat dance.

As for enlisting LBC, I dont think I could. Im not physically fit and I dont think I am suited for combat mentally either. Im just a 246 lbs southern college boy. I may have had a dream to be a sniper in Uncle Sam's army but I long have put it behind me. I know it sounds like poor excuse to avoid serving but if I was to be drafted I would go but I am sure I would be useless on a battlefield. To be honest I feel like I could do good in the military at times and other times I feel like I could do more damage by joining. So that being said if I get drafted I will do my very best but I am limited both mentally and physically in what I can do.

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4 years 4 weeks ago, 10:56 AM

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wow

this is like early x-mas

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4 years 4 weeks ago, 10:58 AM

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you'd be very valuable

go in guarranteed M.O.S. 2525,that's militaryspeak for cannon fodder

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don't ask don't tell!!!!!!!

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I honestly and truly have no confidence in me being a soldier of any kind. I think I can help the U.S more as a construction worker at least until Obozo gives our jobs to Illegal border jumpers. I swear I aint got what it takes to be a soldier. I think buildin houses and other things in U.S is what is best for me. Make no mistake if I get drafted the by all means I will serve faithfuly to the U.S. cause. But most likely I will end up dead in sight of a week or less.

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as a spy? you could be like Secret Squirrel.....that would be badd-ass

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