Citizens Forced to Evacuate After Massive Military Operation

Citizens Forced to Evacuate After Massive Military Operation

( – North Korea has been quite active recently, putting the entire world on notice. On January 5, they further escalated tensions by launching 200 artillery shells toward the disputed western sea border with South Korea.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff confirmed the early morning bombardment, which targeted the Northern Limit Line. Fortunately, there were no reported casualties or damage on the South Korean side.

In a statement, the Joint Chiefs said, “North Korean forces fired artillery from both Deungsan Cape and Jangsan Cape in their southwestern coastal areas between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. (7 p.m. ET to 9 p.m. ET).”

As a precautionary measure, South Korea evacuated Yeonpyeong Island, a nearby area shelled by North Korea in 2010, which resulted in four deaths.

According to the defense ministry, South Korea’s military responded by conducting its own live-fire drill around a northwestern island. However, the two countries had no direct exchange of live fire.

This maritime shelling is the first such incident near the front line in about a year, with the most recent occurring in December 2022 off the peninsula’s eastern coast.

The incident comes just one day after a joint naval drill between South Korea and the United States. The Joint Chiefs condemned North Korea’s actions as a “direct threat to peace on the Korean peninsula,” especially following its unilateral withdrawal from a 2018 military agreement designed to reduce front-line tensions.

The 2018 agreement required the nations to cease live-fire exercises and aerial surveillance in designated no-fly and buffer zones.

Tensions escalated when Pyongyang sent a spy satellite into orbit in November. In response, South Korea resumed aerial surveillance, prompting North Korea to rebuild its previously dismantled front-line guard posts.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has stepped up verbal attacks on South Korea and ordered his military to accelerate war preparations. State media reported on Friday that Kim directed authorities to boost production of mobile missile launch vehicles in response to an “impending military confrontation with adversaries.”

During a recent factory visit, Kim’s daughter, Ju Ae, accompanied him, further cementing her frequent presence on such trips. South Korea’s intelligence agency assessed that Ju Ae is likely Kim’s heir apparent, its first evaluation since introducing her to the world over a year ago. Due to the regime’s secrecy, Kim’s succession remains a subject of intense speculation.

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