North Korea rattles its sabre again

Observers are unclear about whether the rogue state’s attack on the South was official policy or an army initiative, writes Mairtin O’Riada in Beijing

27th November, 2010
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North Korea has declared that it is being pushed ‘‘to the brink of war,” as hostilities with South Korea worsened dramatically in recent days.

South Koreans, who had grown used to a low-level rumble of tensions with their northern neighbours, were shaken out of any lingering sense of security last Tuesday, when more than 100 rounds of North Korean artillery rained down on the inhabited South Korean island of Yeonpyeong.

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