North Korea has unveiled its first response to the attack on Yeonpyeong Island, attempting to shift responsibility for it onto South Korean shoulders.
Chosun Central News Agency (KCNA) reported a statement from North Korean military high command at 7P.M. today, four hours after the attack, in which it claimed that the attack represented a military response to a South Korean provocation.
According to the statement, “In a military provocation, the South Korean puppets started firing over the region of the Yeonpyeong Island in the Chosun West Sea from 13:00, despite our repeated warnings.”
It went on, “Our revolutionary forces responded to the puppets’ military provocation with firm military measures and strong, rapid physical blows.”
The KCNA report then added, “Dealing with the warmonger’s fire with merciless thunder is our military’s conventional way of reacting,” adding, “The South Chosun puppets should listen carefully to the solemn warnings of our revolutionary forces.”
It added, “In future, there will be only the military demarcation line designated by us in the Chosun West Sea,” before threatening, “If the South Chosun puppets invade even 0.001㎜ of the fatherland’s territorial waters, our revolutionary forces will issue merciless military counter-blows without hesitation.”