by Scott Creighton
South Korea appears to have been given the go-ahead to step up their provocation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in these, the latter stages of President Peace Prize’s tenure.
Recent reports have the South Koreans lobbing artillery shells into North Korea supposedly in response to a “rocket attack” launched by the north. This is all confirmed by South Korea’s Defense Ministry.
The Press TV article, like every other one I have read, takes the claim of South Korea’s ministry at face value, not asking for any form of confirmation that the North did in fact commit an act of open aggression by firing a rocket into South Korea. In fact, the only article I can find with any details on that crucial aspect of this event only offers the following information:
South Korea said its detection equipment had spotted the trajectory of a suspected North Korean projectile launched at around 3:52 p.m. (0652 GMT), which did not appear to have damaged the loudspeaker or caused any injuries. Reuters
According to Reuters, the area around a military base where the rocket supposedly struck was evacuated of all civilian prying eyes, making it easier to plant evidence perhaps.
There have been no reports out of North Korea of either the rocket attack or the shelling.
Shades of Tonkin perhaps? Or better still, the PCC-772 Cheonan?