On November 23rd 2010 North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells at the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong. The bombardment killed at least 2 South korean soldiers and destroyed many more homes. It is one of the worst attacks on South Korea by North Korea since the Korean War ended in 1953. Since that time numerous breaches of the peace have occured, but none as bad as this attack. The world’s political leaders are working overtime to try and diffuse the situation as none is eager to find out if North Korea really has nuclear weapons and whether it is willing to use them.

Korea: North vs South

01. Smoke rises from South Korean Yeonpyeong Island after being hit by dozens of artillery shells fired by North Korea November 23, 2010 in this picture taken by a South Korean tourist. North Korea on Tuesday fired dozens of artillery shells at a South Korean island, in one of the heaviest bombardments on the South since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/Yonhap

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02. Smoke rises from South Korean Yeonpyeong Island after being hit by dozens of artillery shells fired by North Korea November 23, 2010 in this picture taken by a South Korean tourist. North Korea on Tuesday fired dozens of artillery shells at a South Korean island, in one of the heaviest bombardments on the South since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/Yonhap

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03. South Korean Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik (1st L) presides over an emergency security meeting after North Korea's firing on South Korean Yeonpyeong Island at the Integrated Government Complex in Seoul November 23, 2010. North Korea on Tuesday fired dozens of artillery shells at the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, setting buildings on fire and prompting a return of fire by South Korea. REUTERS/Truth Leem

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04. A South Korean government official talks on a phone in front of a television screen reporting North Korea's firing on South Korean Yeonpyeong Island, at the Integrated Government Complex in Seoul November 23, 2010. North Korea on Tuesday fired dozens of artillery shells at the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, setting buildings on fire and prompting a return of fire by South Korea. REUTERS/Truth Leem

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05. Lee Hong-ki, military operation division chief of the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks to the media during a briefing after North Korea's firing on South Korean Yeonpyeong Island, at the Defence Ministry in Seoul November 23, 2010. North Korea on Tuesday fired dozens of artillery shells at the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, setting buildings on fire and prompting a return of fire by South Korea. REUTERS/Hong Chan-Sun/Newsis

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06. A TV grab shows the moment of impact of one of the artillery shells fired by North Korea on the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong November 23, 2010. North Korea on Tuesday fired dozens of artillery shells at the South Korean island, in one of the heaviest bombardments on the South since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/KBS via Reuters TV

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07. A resident attempts to extinguish a house fire during North Korea's artillery shelling of Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010. South Korea warned North Korea on Tuesday of enormous retaliation if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/Yonhap

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08. Firefighters get on a boat to leave to Yeonpyeong island, at a port in Incheon, west of Seoul November 23, 2010. North Korea on Tuesday fired dozens of artillery shells at the South Korean island, setting buildings on fire and prompting a return of fire by the South, Seoul's military and media reports said. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

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09. North Korean leader Kim Jong-il (C) visits Pyongyang Medical College of Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang in this picture released by North Korea's official KCNA news agency November 24, 2010. REUTERS/KCNA

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10. North Korean soldiers stand guard on the banks of the Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, November 23, 2010. China expressed worry about reports that North Korea had shelled a South Korean island on Tuesday in the latest escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula that neigbours the world's second-biggest economy. REUTERS/Stringer

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11. An unexploded shell fired from North Korea is seen on Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010. North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells at a South Korean island on Tuesday, killing two South Korean soldiers and setting houses ablaze in the heaviest attack on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/Park Jong-Sik/Hankyoreh

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12. A South Korean marine stands at the marine corp's barrack next to the impact point of one of the artillery shells fired by North Korea in Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010. South Korea warned North Korea of enormous retaliation if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/YONHAP

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13. A Yeonpyeong Island roadside wall shows the visual marks of the North Korea's artillery shelling of the Island in Yeonpyeong Island on November 24, 2010. South Korea warned North Korea on Tuesday of enormous retaliation if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/Yeonpyeong County/Yonhap

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14. A man walks past a house wrecked by artillery shells fired by North Korea on Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010. South Korea warned North Korea of enormous retaliation if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/Ongjin County/Handout

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15. Destroyed houses are seen after they were hit by artillery shells fired by North Korea on Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010. South Korea warned North Korea of enormous retaliation if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/Ongjin County/Handout

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16. A destroyed vehicle is seen after it was hit by artillery shells fired by North Korea on Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010. South Korea warned North Korea of enormous retaliation if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/Ongjin County/Handout

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17. A destroyed house is seen after it was hit by artillery shells fired by North Korea on Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010. South Korea warned North Korea of enormous retaliation if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/Ongjin County/Handout

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18. A destroyed house is seen after it was hit by artillery shells fired by North Korea on Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010. South Korea warned North Korea of enormous retaliation if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/Ongjin County/Handout

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19. South Korean marines stand guard at a base as residents of Yeonpyeong island land at a port of the navy base in Incheon, west of Seoul November 24, 2010. A U.S. aircraft carrier will join a U.S.-South Korean military drill in waters off the west coast of the Korean peninsula, Yonhap news agency said on Wednesday, quoting the South Korean Defense Ministry. North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells at a South Korean island on Tuesday, killing two South Korean soldiers and setting houses ablaze in the heaviest attack on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

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20. A relative of a soldier killed by artillery shells fired by North Korea on Yeonpyeong Island, cries at a memorial altar in Seongnam, near Seoul November 24, 2010. South Korea warned North Korea of enormous retaliation if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/Yonhap

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21. A military helicopter flies over Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010 after the island was hit by artillery shells fired by North Korea. South Korea warned North Korea of enormous retaliation if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/YONHAP

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22. Destroyed houses are seen after they were hit by artillery shells fired by North Korea on Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010. South Korea warned North Korea of enormous retaliation if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/Korea Pool/Newsis

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23. Destroyed houses are seen after being hit by artillery shells fired by North Korea on Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010. South Korea warned North Korea of enormous retaliation if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/Korea Pool/Newsis

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24. A South Korean marine stops reporters in front of the damaged Marine Corp's barracks which was hit by artillery shells fired by North Korea on Yeonpyeong Island, November 24, 2010. South Korea warned North Korea of enormous retaliation if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbour since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/Korea Pool/Newsis

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25. Destroyed houses and bicycles are seen after an artillery attack by North Korea in Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010. South Korea warned North Korea of enormous retaliation if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/Korea Coast Guard/Handout

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26. Destroyed houses are seen after an artillery attack by North Korea in South Korean Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010. South Korea warned North Korea of enormous retaliation if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/Korea Coast Guard/Handout

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27. Firefighters extinguish a fire in Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010 after the island was hit by artillery shells fired by North Korea. South Korea warned North Korea of enormous retaliation if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/Incheon Fire & Safety Management Department/Handout

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28. A local resident looks around damaged houses on Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010 after the island was hit by artillery shells fired by North Korea. South Korea warned North Korea of enormous retaliation if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/Korea Pool/Newsis

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29. A woman sits on a damaged street on Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010 after the island was hit by artillery shells fired by North Korea. South Korea warned North Korea of enormous retaliation if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/YONHAP

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30. A resident stands on a destroyed house after the house was hit by artillery shells fired by North Korea on Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010. South Korea warned North Korea of enormous retaliation if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/Korea Pool/Yonhap

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31. Firefighters check damaged house on Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010 after the island was hit by artillery shells fired by North Korea. South Korea warned North Korea of enormous retaliation if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/Incheon Fire & Safety Management Department/Handout

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32. Residents of Yeonpyeong island and relatives of soldiers get off a Hovercraft belonging to the South Korean navy which transferred them from the island, at a navy port in Incheon, west of Seoul November 24, 2010. North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells at Yeonpyeong island on Tuesday, killing two South Korean soldiers and setting houses ablaze in the heaviest attack on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

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33. A woman weeps as she meets her granddaughter who arrived on a maritime police ship from Yeonpyeong island, at a police port in Incheon, west of Seoul, November 24, 2010. The United States-led U.N. Command in Seoul said on Wednesday it had called for talks with North Korea to seek ways to ease tensions on the peninsula after Pyongyang's deadly artillery shelling on an island in the South. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

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35. Relief goods for soldiers and residents are placed at a port on Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010. South Korea warned North Korea of enormous retaliation if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/Ongjin County/Handout

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36. South Korean maritime policemen carry relief goods onto a police ship which will depart to Yeonpyeong island, at a port in Incheon, west of Seoul November 24, 2010. The United States-led U.N. Command in Seoul said on Wednesday it had called for talks with North Korea to seek ways to ease tensions on the peninsula after Pyongyang's deadly artillery shelling on an island in the South. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

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37. Residents are seen at an air-raid shelter after being evacuated in Yeonpyeong Island following an artillery attack by North Korea November 23, 2010. South Korea warned North Korea of enormous retaliation if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953. Picture taken November 23, 2010. REUTERS/Ongjin County/Handout

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38. Members of South Korean Coast Guard evacuate residents in Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010 after an artillery attack by North Korea. South Korea warned North Korea of enormous retaliation if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/Korea Coast Guard/Handout

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39. Members of South Korean Coast Guard evacuate a girl from Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010 after an artillery attack by North Korea. South Korea warned North Korea of enormous retaliation if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/Korea Coast Guard/Handout

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40. A South Korean navy hovercraft (L) prepares to depart a military port in Incheon, west of Seoul, November 24, 2010. The United States-led U.N. Command in Seoul said on Wednesday it had called for talks with North Korea to seek ways to ease tensions on the peninsula after Pyongyang's deadly artillery shelling on an island in the South. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

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41. A South Korean army soldier walks up steps of a guard post near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, about 55 km (34 miles) north of Seoul November 24, 2010. The United States-led U.N. Command in Seoul said on Wednesday it had called for talks with North Korea to seek ways to ease tensions on the peninsula after Pyongyang's deadly artillery shelling on an island in the South. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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42. A North Korean soldier stands guard on the banks of the Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, November 24, 2010. China and the United States pledged on Wednesday to maintain peace and stability and to seek denuclearization on the Korean peninsula, as well as an early resumption of six-party talks, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on its website. REUTERS/Stringer

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43. North Korean soldiers are seen on the banks of the Yalu River, near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, November 23, 2010. China expressed worry about reports that North Korea had shelled a South Korean island on Tuesday in the latest escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula that neigbours the world's second-biggest economy. REUTERS/Stringer

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44. Soldiers from a South Korean army armoured division take part in an annual river-crossing exercise against a possible attack from North Korea on the Han river in Yeoju, about 100 km (62 miles) southeast of Seoul, November 23, 2010. Ports in South Korea remained open and shipping lanes were not impacted by artillery fire from North Korea, maritime agents and shipbrokers said. North Korea on Tuesday fired dozens of artillery shells at the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, setting buildings on fire and prompting a return of fire by South Korea. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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45. Soldiers from a South Korean army armoured division take part in an annual river-crossing exercise against a possible attack from North Korea on the Han river in Yeoju, about 100 km (62 miles) southeast of Seoul, November 23, 2010. Ports in South Korea remained open and shipping lanes were not impacted by artillery fire from North Korea, maritime agents and shipbrokers said. North Korea on Tuesday fired dozens of artillery shells at the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, setting buildings on fire and prompting a return of fire by South Korea. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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46. Soldiers from a South Korean army armoured division take part in an annual river-crossing exercise against a possible attack from North Korea on the Han river in Yeoju, about 100 km (62 miles) southeast of Seoul, November 23, 2010. Ports in South Korea remained open and shipping lanes were not impacted by artillery fire from North Korea, maritime agents and shipbrokers said. North Korea on Tuesday fired dozens of artillery shells at the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, setting buildings on fire and prompting a return of fire by South Korea. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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47. South Koreans look at military controlled areas at the Imjingak pavilion, near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, about 55 km (34 miles) north of Seoul, November 24, 2010. The United States-led U.N. Command in Seoul said on Wednesday it had called for talks with North Korea to seek ways to ease tensions on the peninsula after Pyongyang's deadly artillery shelling on an island in the South. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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48. Protesters burn North Korean flags, as a policeman (R) tries to extinguish the fire, at a rally denouncing North Korea in Seoul November 24, 2010. South Korea warned North Korea of enormous retaliation

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49. A protester (C) scuffles with police, after he was stopped by police in his attempt to burn a North Korean flag, at a rally denouncing North Korea in Seoul November 24, 2010. South Korea warned North Korea of enormous retaliation if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbour since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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50. Protesters burn North Korean flags at a rally denouncing North Korea in Seoul November 24, 2010. South Korea warned North Korea of enormous retaliation if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbour since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/Truth Leem

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51. Protesters burn a North Korean flag and the defamed portrait of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il at a rally denouncing North Korea in Seoul November 24, 2010. South Korea warned North Korea of enormous retaliation if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbour since the Korean War ended in 1953. REUTERS/Truth Leem