Thursday, December 9, 2010

N Korea blames S Korea, US for shelling

North Korea has accused its southern neighbor and Washington of being responsible for shelling of South Korean Yeonpyeong Island last month.

Pyongyang attacked the island on November 23, killing four people, including two civilians, and injuring over a dozen others. North Korea has accused the South of firing first. 

The North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea said on Thursday South Korean forces had carried out direct shelling under the pretext of a military exercise, the South's Yonhap news agency reported. 

"This reckless act was obviously a deliberate provocation to prompt the DPRK [the Democratic People's Republic of Korea] to take a military counteraction," the committee said. 

It also called the South the "direct provocateur" of the incident and the United States a "wirepuller and chieftain." 

"As long as the US hostile policy and war maneuvers against the DPRK continue, danger of a military clash in Korea's west sea won't go away," it added. 

Tension in the Korean Peninsula is running even higher after the United States and South Korea began joint naval drills in the Yellow Sea, which were dubbed by North Korean officials as "provocative."

Pyongyang has warned that the war games could bring the Koreas closer to the brink of war. 

The North also accuses US President Barack Obama of plotting with regional allies to topple the country's government, insisting that its nuclear program is a deterrent against US forces in the region. 


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