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    SKorea warns NKorea after artillery barrage

    This is getting pretty tense. These two may go at it after all.

    By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press Writer Hyung-jin Kim, Associated Press Writer 15 mins ago

    SEOUL, South Korea South Korea denounced the firing of artillery from North Korea as a grave violation of their cease-fire and warned Tuesday that it would deal "sternly" with any further provocations.

    North Korea fired about 110 rounds from its western shores late Monday afternoon just minutes after the South Korean military concluded five days of large-scale naval drills staged in response to the deadly sinking of a warship.

    Most of the shells landed in North Korean waters, but about 10 reached South Korean waters not far from an island inhabited by fishing families and South Korean troops, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in Seoul. Officials reported no damage.

    The Defense Ministry called the move a violation of the armistice signed in 1953 at the end of the three-year Korean War.

    "If North Korea continues its provocative rhetoric and acts, we will deal sternly with them," the ministry said in a statement Tuesday.

    North Korea, meanwhile, warned Tuesday of a "war of retaliation."

    Tensions have been high since the Cheonan warship went down in the choppy waters west of the Korean peninsula in late March, killing 46 sailors. It was the worst military attack on South Korea since the Korean War.

    North Korea disputes the western maritime border unilaterally drawn by the U.N. in 1953, and the two Koreas have fought three bloody battles there, most recently in November 2009.

    A five-nation team of investigators pinned the March explosion that destroyed the Cheonan on a North Korean torpedo fired from a submarine.

    Pyongyang, however, denies sinking the Cheonan, and has warned that any punishment for the incident will mean war.

    In a show of force, South Korea and the U.S., which stations 28,500 troops in the South to protect the longtime ally, held massive joint military drills off Korea's east coast last month.

    South Korea also launched its own naval drills in the Yellow Sea, near the spot where the Cheonan sank exercises that prompted North Korea to threaten "strong physical retaliation."

    Meanwhile, North Korea seized a South Korean fishing boat and its crew of four South Korean and three Chinese fishermen Sunday. Seoul has demanded their release.

    Following Monday's barrage of artillery, South Korea's military warned the North in radio broadcasts to resist further provocations, officials said.

    In Washington, a State Department spokesman called it "ongoing chest thumping" and said more provocations were likely.

    Spokesman P.J. Crowley denounced the move and said it likely "resulted in a lot of dead fish."

    Pyongyang warned that it was prepared to retaliate.

    North Korea "will clearly show to those buoyed by war fever what a real war is like any time it deems necessary through a war of retaliation of its own style based on its nuclear deterrent," the main Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in a commentary carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

    Meanwhile, discussions between the American-led U.N. Command, which monitors the armistice, and North Korean military officials continued Tuesday at the border village of Panmunjom, according to U.S. military spokesman David Oten.

    It was the fourth such meeting since last month. The previous three ended with no major breakthroughs.
    "..and on Earth anguish of nations, not knowing the way out...while men become faint out of fear and expectation of the things coming upon the inhabited Earth." -- Jesus of Nazareth

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    "Pay attention to me!" the three year old North Korea cried.
    "Oh be quite and go back to you little corner of Asia" said the world.
    "It's not nice to throw your weapons at the little fishes."

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