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Tension in the Koreas

Yesterday, November 23rd, North Korea fired scores of artillery shells at the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, killing at least four (two soldiers, two civilians), wounding 18 more, destroying several houses, and setting numerous fires in one of the most serious clashes between the two countries in decades. North Korea claimed it was a response to earlier shells fired by South Korea - which the South acknowledged had been fired, but as an exercise, and not into North Korean territory. 70,000 South Korean troops were beginning an annual nationwide military drill called "Safeguarding the Nation" in the area, near the spot where a South Korean naval vessel was sunk in March, killing 46 sailors - which Seoul also blamed on North Korea. This attack coupled with recent revelations about the North's nuclear capabilities and escalating threats and counter-threats have raised tensions around the region - even as athletes from both Koreas continue to compete on a world stage, against each other and other nations, in the Asian Games in China. [Editor's Note: I will be out for the Thanksgiving holiday. Next entry will be published on 11/29] (33 photos total)

This picture taken on November 23, 2010 by a South Korean tourist shows huge plumes of smoke rising from Yeonpyeong island in the disputed waters of the Yellow Sea on November 23, 2010. North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells onto a South Korean island on November 23, 2010, killing four people, setting homes ablaze and triggering an exchange of fire as the South's military went on top alert. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
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156 comments so far...
1.

last picture was worthy this entire gallery.

Posted by Alessandro November 24, 10 12:25 PM
2.

i hope it will end peacefully..

Posted by aldhuhli November 24, 10 12:33 PM
3.

Picture #33 got to me ..

Posted by robert November 24, 10 12:35 PM
4.

Thank you, Boston Globe, for keeping journalistic photography alive and well.

Posted by Gary November 24, 10 12:35 PM
5.

An interesting set of photos from a fascinating corner of the world.

However, photo #7 says it was taken of damage "following artillery exchange between North and South Korea," and another photo was similarly captioned. I don't recall reading any reports saying that South Korea returned fire. What was the "exchange"?

Posted by PJRiowa November 24, 10 12:44 PM
6.

medias should treat other war theaters the same way

Posted by jj miller November 24, 10 12:46 PM
7.

Human stupidity never ceases to amaze me.

Tit for tat for tit for tat for tit for tat for tit for tat.

JUST STOP KILLING EACH OTHER!

It's not that hard.

Posted by humanbeing November 24, 10 12:47 PM
8.

Seriously, that last picture is so heartbreaking.

Posted by Michelle November 24, 10 12:49 PM
9.

#33 - what a powerful and incredible image.

Posted by Noelle November 24, 10 12:50 PM
10.

#33 really is heartbreaking.

Posted by Marc November 24, 10 12:52 PM
11.

why they fight each other?

Posted by Nathan November 24, 10 12:54 PM
12.

I hate the communists!

Posted by Anonymous November 24, 10 01:01 PM
13.

Photo #33 clearly show how patetic is this damn fight. Can't we just live like equal people?

Posted by Fabrício Marques November 24, 10 01:02 PM
14.

#33 is really touching, and #31 is hilarious for some reason. Anyway, is it spam if I just share some of the best pictures taken by the Boston Globe about Kim Jong-il? I reckon you guys want to see how much we love your work, and yours is the best material we found.

I know these are sad events and I don't want to sound insensitive, but why not take a moment to chill out and laugh about the things Kim Jong-il does (not) seem to like? Here's a Facebook group devoted entirely to KJI's cranky antics: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=136116799762543

Posted by Marcus Lira November 24, 10 01:12 PM
15.

#21 caption is wrong
the illuminated bridge is a finished one.
The half bridge has a different style and sits next to this one.

Posted by Mugros November 24, 10 01:19 PM
16.

I really hope this can end Peacefully. I really hope this doesn't Scalate.

And on a totally Superficial note. That's one cute Soldier. º_º

Posted by Antonio November 24, 10 01:24 PM
17.

Ah, picture 33 is heart breaking...nothing as painful as family seperation!

Posted by Carol November 24, 10 01:30 PM
18.

#23: Hot chick!

Posted by Anonymous November 24, 10 01:35 PM
19.

SK should target that stupid NK sign "Long live Great leader Kim Il-Sung and his revolutionary ideology!" on the hill in pic #24 in response. This wouldn't;t hurt anyone but would send a msg to NK.

Posted by Jojo November 24, 10 01:36 PM
20.

@jojo - "This wouldn't;t hurt anyone" - uh, it sure could.

According to Gen Sharp (USArmy), North Korea has the largest artillery force in the world, and Seoul is only 50km from the border.

If the South retaliates, it risks devastating artillery attacks on Seoul. I *think* that little half-measures like blowing up propaganda signs are probably off the table; any response *must* involve truly overwhelming anti-artillery action - in other words, full-on war. This is the only reason I can imagine that the North was allowed to *sink a warship* with *no retaliation at all*. Think about how absurd that was - there must be a reason, something tying the South's hands.

Posted by ech November 24, 10 01:48 PM
21.

Powerful. These pictures would never have been seen without the internet. I sincerely hope that this will open many eyes. With respect, Apo.

Posted by Edgar Helbling November 24, 10 01:59 PM
22.

Something very eerie about #23.

Posted by Anonymous November 24, 10 01:59 PM
23.

they did exchange fires

sk started to fire back at their when nk started attacking

media says sk fired around 80 rounds

while nk fired something over hundread

Posted by anon November 24, 10 02:07 PM
24.

Beautiful North Korean soldier girl kiss me on the lips!

Posted by kajs November 24, 10 02:09 PM
25.

@5

Yes. South Korea responded with ca. 80 shells. No reports where it hit or any damage caused.

Posted by vvaz November 24, 10 02:15 PM
26.

#33 brought tears to my eyes. The human heart is ultimately the only thing that can finally heal this tragic rift.

Posted by Alan November 24, 10 02:35 PM
27.

and those guys up there are going to have nuclear bombs. Reassuring, isn't it?

Posted by chabba November 24, 10 02:39 PM
28.

Thanks Boston, for keeping photojournalism alive! I have been following this series for many months now, and it's fantastic!

Posted by Håkon from Norway November 24, 10 03:31 PM
29.

The shell caught in pavement was remarkable. #12.

Is this is just a minor skirmish so that Great leader Kim Il-Sung can confirm his power to his people... or will it to lead to something more that demonstrates a North Korean willingness to use nuclear power??

Posted by St Paul MN November 24, 10 03:36 PM
30.

#33... my god...

Posted by SC November 24, 10 03:45 PM
31.

Peace and happiness to South Korea and their Christmas!

Posted by D. Sundes November 24, 10 03:56 PM
32.

Another nice collection, very touching in the end. One can only hope that once Kim Jong Il is gone his son will free North Korea. Kim Jong Un was educated in Switzerland, hopefully some of their neutral approach rubbed off on him.

Posted by Smarko November 24, 10 04:06 PM
33.

I agree with the general trend of the comments above -- this entire gallery was not all that impressive, save for the last picture. I should also note that the last gallery (about the Shanghai fire) was relatively weak as well.

Big Picture, you are amazing -- easily one of the highlights of the day when a new gallery is up -- but please make sure the next gallery is not as weak (overall) as the previous two have been.

Also, why not post pictures of topics that run contrary to, or at least challenge, conventional wisdom? (i.e., North Korea / Venezuela / Iran / China as the global bogeyman -- why not do a photo gallery of everyday life in those countries to minimize the global vitriol against them?) Or, alternatively, do a gallery of poverty and oppression in the United States.

Posted by Johnny Blaze November 24, 10 04:08 PM
34.

Apparently, and judging from #23, North Korea is a damn freezing cold country, which is quite unfortunate for its starving population.

Posted by NamgyalFR November 24, 10 04:33 PM
35.

"...why not post pictures of topics that run contrary to, or at least challenge, conventional wisdom?" Because it would imply some kind of moral equivalency between America and the rogue states, and blur the fact that while poverty and oppression in the United States is the exception, it's by contrast the norm in North Korea / Venezuela / Iran / China, etc.

Overall, great photos. The ROK needs to stop being the DPRK's punching bag.

Posted by Chuck Brookhouse November 24, 10 04:49 PM
36.

@NamgyalFR

Winter in North Korea is hard, and they have winter right now.

Posted by Norbert November 24, 10 05:16 PM
37.

A picture says more than a thousand words, in which picture 33 is a perfect example. I am from communist china, and I strongly condemn the provocative act of North KOREA, if it did that.

Posted by Hunter November 24, 10 05:19 PM
38.

To hell with the communists!

Posted by TonyG LBCA November 24, 10 05:33 PM
39.

#33 ... pewww

Posted by Anonymous November 24, 10 06:06 PM
40.

remember, korea is still in a state of war since 1953. to provoke war is a crime, doesnt matter who fired first, both sides have 2 million soldiers + 25.000 US troops

china, the usa, japan and russia are mostly responsible to form two extreme nationalistic and ideologically opposed warmongers. imagine the proliferation of russian and chinese battlefield-no-access-weapons like anti-cvbg-ballistic-missiles.

how many rockets does it take to fatally damage one cvbg? is it wise to let the "games" continue with atomic weapons on all sides? japan and even south korea can develop them and field them as M.A.D and deterrent, if they feel threatened enough, just ask isreal.

stop this madness and take steps to unite korea

Posted by onewhowantspeace November 24, 10 06:12 PM
41.

stupid humans and their wars.....primeval breed still are.

Posted by Jose Luis Rios November 24, 10 07:06 PM
42.

#23 nice lips a real pure one

Posted by HelmetBetty November 24, 10 08:24 PM
43.

戦争はやめてください
一度しかない人生をなのに安心して生きていられないなんて、
住む場所を追われて過ごすなんて可哀相。

Posted by Mash November 24, 10 08:47 PM
44.

i really hope some people do their homework before they say something stupid. we don't fight because we want to. the korean war has never ended. and we are trying hard to avoid provoking north korea that could lead to a big fight.

Posted by korean November 24, 10 08:47 PM
45.

Last picture is the saddest, my heart hurts. I hate war!!!

Posted by allan November 24, 10 09:06 PM
46.

#33--really heartbreaking.

Posted by Q0326 November 24, 10 09:14 PM
47.

Picture 33 says it ALL about the SENSELESS evils of humanity. This kind of struggle for a very simple family get-together breaks my heart. :'-(

Posted by Stephanie November 24, 10 09:17 PM
48.

#21 the town is not called Siniuju. As mentioned in #23 it's called Sinuiju.

Great job on your stunning collection of photo's so quickly after the fact!

Posted by Erin November 24, 10 09:24 PM
49.

#33 is really touching. Why people like to killing each other?

Posted by Aris FM November 24, 10 09:31 PM
50.

North Leaders are like kids just playing around. Intimidation is one way light a fire.

Posted by baynoli November 24, 10 09:55 PM
51.

Iraq has no WMDs: Let's invade!

North Korea has WMDs: Let's do nothing.

Posted by Omi November 24, 10 10:15 PM
52.

Picture 33 speaks it all. All are Korean but the North is putting a shame on themselves. I wonder how would Beijing react.

Posted by RG November 24, 10 10:53 PM
53.

The photo #33 really got to me. Looking at it made me so tearful it hurts to cry. It just shows how sad their state is. Family separation is just heartbreaking :(

I just wish this would end so everybody can have peace.

Posted by saeyun November 24, 10 11:05 PM
54.

I love the last pic a lot. It is so touching.

Posted by Khanhngujen November 24, 10 11:40 PM
55.

The photo #33 really got to me....

Posted by Adora November 25, 10 12:21 AM
56.

Pic 7...Their sheaf sucks.
Pic 12...Answer to Pic 7

Posted by Scott November 25, 10 12:22 AM
57.

akibat perang dingin amerika-uni soviet dulu..
mereka masih perang hanya gencatan senjata.

Posted by adi firdaus November 25, 10 12:34 AM
58.

@ #51

Iraq HAS Oil: Let's invade!

North Korea HAS NO Oil: Let's do nothing.

Posted by ray_jay November 25, 10 12:36 AM
59.

i feel so very sad for the North Koreans. Well, most of them any way.
They are just people after all and they are caught up in a country being held in an iron fist by a lunatic dictator who only has his power due to all the elderly sycophants he has surrounded himself with. Just look at any image of KJ-I, and you'll see a bunch of crinkly old hangers-on smiling at everything he does like he's some sort of messiah.

Honestly, sometimes I wonder why the west doesn't just send in some mercenary with a sniper rifle. Just wishing..

Posted by Terry November 25, 10 12:46 AM
60.

War is evil therefore should be prevented in any cases!!! but still some hardliners in korean assembly are acting ridiculously.. They say all these shit has been caused by the formal president Kim Dae-joong and his appeasing policy against NK.. I wonder if others think the samel all over the world =_______=

Posted by JY November 25, 10 12:52 AM
61.

#33

Well, most people in both Korea don't really know why we have to live separate and even shoot agaist.

I feld very sorry about this situation and even more sad about the victims and their family left as per attack this time on YeonPyeong island.

Posted by Daill from South Korea November 25, 10 01:41 AM
62.

#33 is the killer image

Posted by gudirs November 25, 10 02:19 AM
63.

Picture #33 captured so much emotion. Amazing!

Posted by David Orme November 25, 10 02:24 AM
64.

#7 da igual las condiciones de las viviendas, lo importante es que el campo de fútbol sea perfecto y bien grande. Fútbol, siempre fútbol.

Posted by Fernando November 25, 10 02:51 AM
65.

number 24 is "Hollywood" ?

Posted by Alizé November 25, 10 03:13 AM
66.

33th incredible really heartbreaking.

Posted by tsesci November 25, 10 03:35 AM
67.

yes #33 is a heartbreaker........

Posted by charms November 25, 10 03:45 AM
68.

No war without reason , hope there is peaceful , I am a Chinaese , I don't wanna my motherland and neighbors drift into the war .如果这是你们的航母进入黄海的理由,那么就太不高尚了。---the Voice from a Scer 扬土

Posted by 扬土yangtuskiy November 25, 10 03:48 AM
69.

Photo 29 seems to me to obviously be from the same tour that photos were released of back in January (though lord knows when the photos were actually taken). Why did they just release another from the same batch? http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/03/on_the_spot_with_kim_jong-il.html

Posted by Mary November 25, 10 04:25 AM
70.

USA must do something there... otherwise, China will control Asia (cause they are behind this bombing) and Japan, even Australia will be in danger. Unfortunatly, Obama is a carpet and a traitor.

Posted by Jeph Callahan November 25, 10 05:02 AM
71.

Hi
Plase i need some photo for kuwait city old and new
Thanks
Hamed Alamiri
Kuwait

Posted by Hamed Alamiri November 25, 10 05:41 AM
72.

Wish they have a very peaceful life with happiness

Posted by Waqar Khan November 25, 10 05:48 AM
73.

So China, what will you do now?

Posted by Anonymous November 25, 10 06:42 AM
74.

I also hope that it does not end in a bloodbath but is it possible? Unfortunately, I think that peace will not stop the actions of Kim Jong Il and his band. The escalating violence is already underway. North Korea's provocations multiply for a long time now, one day there will be an answer to his actions and I doubt that this response will be sweet ...

Posted by emi November 25, 10 07:08 AM
75.

W....H...Y....?????

Posted by Hakan November 25, 10 07:36 AM
76.

Thank you for your photos, Boston.
Thank you for your kind comments, everyone.

Please pray for the people who lost their family and their houses.

- One man in sorrow from South Korea

Posted by G.Y.Park November 25, 10 07:50 AM
77.

Why do People like killing each other???? Perhaps South Korea should just
sit there and be slaughtered by the Meglomaniacs in the North!! Why do People like War???? I guess when a beligerent invades a peaceful Nation,,
the peaceful Nation should Surrender to placate those who don't understand
why Wars happen, or so People won't think they like Killing each other!!
How in the Hell can People be such Dense Thuds, as to not understand why Wars are usually faught?? To those of you who don't know why People like killing each other, get yourselves over there, then see if people really like
killing each other.
Ah two wrongs don't make a right, right!! Wrong, any Nation that is attacked by an Enemy Nation, has a right to defend itself, and its' existence!!
Is this to be construed as liking killing, experience is the best teacher get over
there get the experience, then ask why do people loke killing each other!!


Posted by Lobo November 25, 10 08:03 AM
78.

im thinking world war 3

Posted by chris November 25, 10 08:49 AM
79.

im thinking world war 3

Posted by chris November 25, 10 08:50 AM
80.

Feeling sad for war..... May humanity find the correct path Aamin

Shakeel Abbas Pakistan

Posted by Shakeel November 25, 10 08:56 AM
81.

#33, god..
we are all humans, the same race. Why we do this ? WHY ??

Posted by felipe November 25, 10 09:03 AM
82.

#23 Wow, the North Korean Guard is hot.

Posted by Graham November 25, 10 09:58 AM
83.

Happy Thanksgiving, Mr. Editor.

Posted by Jonas November 25, 10 10:11 AM
84.

Some hard hitting pictures there.

kim il-sung, kim jong il and his son sicken me to my bones. north korea are the most shameful country in the world and will continue to be until this dictatorship is dismantled.

As stated at the top of the page,
"North Korea claimed it was a response to earlier shells fired by South Korea - which the South acknowledged had been fired, but as an exercise, and not into North Korean territory."

HOW IS THIS JUSTIFIED???????????????

Posted by Michael November 25, 10 10:16 AM
85.

#81 Are you kidding? Two soldiers and two civilans are dead. You sucks.

Posted by James November 25, 10 10:19 AM
86.

I'm sad, angry, its total madness. What can I do? My heart is truly filled with emotions.

Posted by Stef November 25, 10 10:23 AM
87.

We've had enough. Another attack and we will literally TRAMPLE on them.

Posted by South Korean November 25, 10 10:34 AM
88.

# 23 Smokin hot commie girl

Posted by RhiiipDCLXVI November 25, 10 10:48 AM
89.

#33 Sad and dramatic pictures here.. Considering their ages, that might be the last time they meet each other.. until this madness ends.. :(

Posted by creasy November 25, 10 11:23 AM
90.

ehhh tanta ignorancia en el mundo aun ,, no se respeta el derecho a la libertad,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,# 33 profundo dolor............

Posted by lorena November 25, 10 12:08 PM
91.

Thank you for posting such poignant photos. #33 made me tear up. I hope the North Korean regime will end once Kim Jong il passes on (hopefully soon). Families should never be torn apart by artificial borders.

Posted by T. Ng November 25, 10 01:03 PM
92.

at all ther comments about pic 33, how gut wrenching, how emotive, how sad.....

I believe there are far more compelling photos.

7 & 8, show the randomness of the attack, we don't care who we kill. Lets just lob some missiles/shells over the border.

11, the bomb shelter. Imagine living in an area that when you ask where the ameneties are, ie, the shops, the doctor, the laundry, you also include "where do I hide from bombs?"

33 is emotive, sure. It's sad they are seperated.

But at least they arent dodging bullets and bombs. Get your priorities right people.

Posted by humanbeing November 25, 10 01:22 PM
93.

Not a surprise knowing what a pathetic loser the leader of North Korea is,but it absolutely disgusts me to think a soldier would knowingly fire into the civilian populations like this. Even though those soldiers will never read this,I say this "You are scum,the pestilence of this Earth,and for your crimes you will pay. Your very souls have been scarred like the buildings and people your weapons have done. May hell itself find new ways to torture you when you die for what you have done because you lack the nerve to say NO when confronted with absolute evil,but instead follow the devils bidding!"

Posted by Earl G. November 25, 10 01:28 PM
94.

"Thank you, Boston Globe, for keeping journalistic photography alive and well."

agreeing and quoting

julien from France

Posted by j0ga November 25, 10 02:37 PM
95.

where we will go??

Posted by digitalslr November 25, 10 02:58 PM
96.

Pic #32 North Korean ball players are a lot smaller. Kim Jong Il feeds his people twigs and grass. Poor guys.

Posted by Peace On Earth November 25, 10 03:40 PM
97.

#23 - the US could use some North Korean imports. Nice!

Posted by bob November 25, 10 03:54 PM
98.

Nothing disgusts me more than our own media coverage and the average American who are quick to blame North Korea for everything.

How can you pass judgment with such limit knowledge of the situation.

People should take the neutral stand point to hope for peace and refrain from taking sides (South Korea) just because the media demonizes North Korea.

North Korea has been bullied endlessly since the Korean War theya re not evil despite how you are brainwashed to think so.

You have to consider the consequences and sequence of events up to the point of retaliation.

Posted by NK November 25, 10 04:31 PM
99.

autumn depression...

Posted by michael November 25, 10 04:38 PM
100.

La foto 33 riassume l'orrore della guerra: pietà, pietà!

Posted by Luciana November 25, 10 05:22 PM
101.

I've said this before, but I suggest people read up about the Korean war.
The Nth Korean people have been through enough without us making it worse.
Yes, the dictatorship has to go, obviously, and I think it will, sooner rather than later, of its own accord, but bombs are not the answer.

As for the indiscriminate bombing, of course it's reprehensible, but we are no moral angels; the western world targeted civilians in WWII, including the mass napalm bombing of the civilian areas of Japan.


Posted by paul w November 25, 10 06:29 PM
102.

In the 21st picture "Yalu river" must rewirte the "Aprok river".
Aprok means the blue color of mallard's head.

Posted by Byung jun Choi November 25, 10 07:06 PM
103.

“本是同根生,相煎何太急”一个民族,为了两个政权而兵戎相见是最可耻的

Posted by 过客 November 25, 10 07:33 PM
104.

If North Korea would't have nukes the would get OWNED

Posted by Dane November 25, 10 08:38 PM
105.

Nice photos, thanks! I know it's not that simple but anyway I wish for a peaceful solution to the conflict.

@93 I doubt NK targeted civilian areas. There are several military installations on the island which I think were the primary target, although I may be wrong. The island itself lies deep inside disputed waters.

@51 You're right, NK certainly is no Iraq! NK is a country which is at any time ready and willing to go to a full-out war. It's military is well trained and motivated and is a formidable opponent to US and SK forces. Even without WMDs they could inflict tremendous damage and destabilize the whole region as far as Japan. Both civilian and military casualties as well as economic implications would be unacceptable. And if we take into account that both US and NK threaten to use WMDs in case of war... it's more clear why there hasn't been a decisive military action so far.

Posted by kyjo November 25, 10 08:56 PM
106.

the conflict caused by the sham battle of S korea. why you S korea
played a war game near N korea`s coast? expacially in the
disputed area .
for examples, if, i just say "if" Cuba play a war game in coast of USA pacific ocean, how will american do? espacially in a disputed area between usa and cuba?(may be it will offend american friends, but i just
want to show my meaning, and just assume)
so in a word, the reason S korea should see itself at first.
-------- a chinese business man KEN

Posted by ken November 25, 10 10:01 PM
107.

the last one ...so sad......

Posted by CLChen November 25, 10 10:18 PM
108.

' North Korea claimed it was a response to earlier shells fired by South Korea - which the South acknowledged had been fired, but as an exercise, and not into North Korean territory' is stated at the top of the page. If this is correct, why is South Korea doing exercises (baiting them?) so close to them? Can't they test their shells somewhere else? Picture 33 was so heartbreaking, reminds me of my grandparents and what they experienced.

Posted by pwells November 25, 10 10:31 PM
109.

可怜的百姓。最后一张太伤感了。

Posted by WangQian November 25, 10 11:32 PM
110.

hohino muu azgui nowshnuud hahah

Posted by Anonymous November 26, 10 02:09 AM
111.

So sad !!!

Posted by Zun November 26, 10 04:18 AM
112.

We were broken people livin under loaded Gun . . . (reality isnt it)

Posted by do they know November 26, 10 06:31 AM
113.

12 I hate the communists!

What I hate is politicians, I HATE GOVERNMENTS (with no exception)

Posted by arzu November 26, 10 07:29 AM
114.

All I can say is South and North are so idiots, they been figthing for noting actually.
I know they say as exuces, are that land/territory belongs on this side or that side! "WHATEREVER!"
Gosh can't this both side work as one country?! I know this war has never ended, and its a world wide record that South and North are still at war each other, and it's almost 2011!
In my opinion is they work as one (no more "south & north") instead Korea, then that country would expand there's ekonomi, foodchain etc, etc, etc. + peace. Then that country would be nr.1 country ever, for very very long time.

P.S!
I who is not a Korean, but still love to visit that country, love their culture, pass story etc. I even study korean language,

Posted by Mark November 26, 10 07:43 AM
115.

Damn Chineses government. they still back up the crazy NK.

Posted by eee November 26, 10 09:09 AM
116.

Pwells, that is what exactly China and North Korea are saying right now...I hope this information helps.

It was just a normal military drill that is done anually. And the bomb was fired to the opposite side of North Korea(southwest side). Why do they do drills so close to North Korea? because the military force is there to defend the country...
Also, South Korea informed North Korea about it (as always) prior to the military drill. North Korea had never criticized the drill before...They are just trying to find some excuse about their brutality.

No country in the world fire to civilians "INTENTIONALLY"

I hope China will see the problem "correctly" regardless of its national interest. Please show to the world that China is indeed a "big country" which everyone in the world can trust.

Posted by libertango November 26, 10 09:47 AM
117.

Please put the photos of the fighting that is happening in rio de janeiro.

Posted by Renato November 26, 10 10:18 AM
118.

#23 & #33 are unbelievable, each in the diffreent meaning, of course :)

Posted by Tomas November 26, 10 10:29 AM
119.

I almost cry with picture 33, it's so hard for me to see people who are really suffering, I hope it doesn't get worst. I HATE GOVERNMENTS THAT DON'T THINK ABOUT PEOPLE, AND THEY ONLY CARE ABOUT MONEY AND POWER, THAT'S SO SELFISH!!! THAT'S WHY THE WORLD IS LIKE THIS

Posted by Stephany November 26, 10 11:45 AM
120.

poor fish...

Posted by michael November 26, 10 03:29 PM
121.

Os líderes mundiais não compreendem o mal que causam à humanidade com sua sede de poder e divergencias ideologicas. A última foto retrata a dor da separação, das perdas.
É a troca sangrenta e incoerente do poder pela paz, felicidade e bem estar dos povos.

Parabéns pelo trabalho e por disponibilizar para todos nos.

Posted by Maria de Fatima Moraes Rodrigues November 26, 10 09:43 PM
122.

This would not happen if America was not there! Kick stupid Americans out! And stop this game.

Posted by muliuz November 26, 10 11:06 PM
123.

Another incredible Big Picture update. #33 captures a half-century of senselessness that countless individuals on both sides had to endure. #21 makes me think about how people on the North Korea shore view the brightly lit-up bridge every night; do they wonder if the "other side" really present a life of prosperity and wellness, or if their neighbors have conceded their humanity to an excessive consumerist lifestyle?

Posted by Hiro K. November 27, 10 01:28 AM
124.

Once again the people of the countries would probably get along fine if left to their own devices. Once again silly, ignorant politicians are to blame for human suffering. The quicker the world rids itself of governments with their power hungry tactics and corruption the better for us all.

Posted by Stephen November 27, 10 03:46 AM
125.

"hot commie girl"?
WTF matter with you?

Posted by 한국인 November 27, 10 04:27 AM
126.

south korea cannot reunite with n korea because if they do, they will become a poor country again. The money from s korea will have to be used to support the poor n korea. then the country will be forced into poverty again after recovering.

Posted by Anonymous November 27, 10 05:07 AM
127.

stop war!!

Posted by hazel cute* November 27, 10 06:05 AM
128.

pic 33 is fantastic it says a lot
I am from India.
i am sure pic 33 is going to win a prize anywhere.

Posted by Anish November 27, 10 11:43 AM
129.

the Americans are to blame always stick their nose where i doesn't belong, the Koreans would have made a peace long time ago.....war is not a solution the Americans have go and left the Koreans alone to handle their matters...

Posted by Justice November 27, 10 04:57 PM
130.

I just hope that somebody will teach the North Koreans a lesson anytime in the near future, because pushing somebody to a fear of a war is a crime itself. Nobody wants them to have a McDonald´s everywhere. Nobody wants them to change their leaders jacket, sunglasses or even the hat (really amazing communist:), just stay within your bloody borders and peacefully die as the rest of the world usually does.... Thanks

Posted by Michal V. November 27, 10 06:00 PM
131.

IM SORRY FOR THE FAMILIES AND THE CHILDREN THAT LOST A FAMILLY MEMBER
GOD BLESS ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO DIED AND THEIR FAMILLIES

Posted by SAM November 27, 10 06:35 PM
132.

朝鲜太疯狂,穷得只剩下一条命了,谁都不怕

Posted by 许辉 November 28, 10 12:06 AM
133.

金正日真乃二十一世纪之第一牛人也!

Posted by 银弯月 November 28, 10 02:04 AM
134.

life is very ..very precious... this WAR must be stopped immediately... GOD bless us ALL

Posted by Athena November 28, 10 04:42 AM
135.

Estupidez grande muy grande de nosotros los humanos que corta es la vida cuantas familias destrozadas y separadas yo soy cubano y lose vien de tras de todo esto no hay sino hombres con ansias de poder y desprecio a su pueblo q. se lo pregunten a fidel ( viva cuba) y los pueblos oprimidos

Posted by Eugenio Estevez Ramires November 28, 10 02:39 PM
136.

wow what amazins pics. i love it

Posted by Anonymous November 28, 10 06:55 PM
137.

如果朝鮮半島爆發不可避免的戰爭,
大量的北韓難民,
將會越過邊界進入中國地區。
這是中國北京政府最擔心的事情之一。

Posted by Ming. November 29, 10 06:13 AM
138.

Who could push the North Korean government over to the sea?

Posted by thetimo November 29, 10 08:42 AM
139.

Countries like North Korea & Pakistan exists because there is a country called China (who call itself superpower with no responsibilities) and who owns everything from land of its neighbors to the sea.

Posted by Whatever_But_No_Communism_Please November 29, 10 08:46 AM
140.

Don't have to pity anyone or anything, because we human are the selfish one. Be it America, China, or anywhere else, everyone including me as a person, for as long as we are human, we never learn from our past. As each generation progressed through time, our moral seem to go down hill. We try to fill our ever hungry desires and empty soul with unnecessary waste and sacrifices and in the end we made worse for new generation, from environment to life form. Obama promised changes but have you seen the change ? George Bush promised safer America but any safer then before ? God promised us a peaceful world but god did not say anything about a perfect world. I am to blame, we are the one to blame. Being the intelligence among living things on earth did not seem to be the peaceful being for the world. Shame.

Posted by Mock John November 29, 10 08:58 PM
141.

Shameful for those American blame all this to China. China is not behind this bombing and China is more willing to solve this problem than any other countries b/c an unstable Korean Island will damage the national interest of China. But fucking North Korean leaders and fucking american push the situation in this Island much more complicated and neither of them can solve this probme once for all.

Posted by LoveChina November 30, 10 11:50 AM
142.

who cares, let them have war, peaceful unification would cost a lot of money, its like 40million on goverment subsidies to improve "western" living standard in this economy?
We all agreed #23 is smokin hot.. and she doesn't have any waistline tattoos yet.

Posted by mrflabbergasted November 30, 10 10:27 PM
143.

For those who blame the US for this and all the problems in the Koreas: read a book! Learn about the Korean war (technically it's still going on) and the aggression that the North has demonstrated for over 60 years. The North's leaders push, push and continue to push South Korea as if they try and test how much pushing South Korea will take. The day will come when the North goes too far and war will resume on the peninsula. It's only a matter of time, sadly.

Posted by el_riviter@yahoo November 30, 10 11:34 PM
144.

World war,korean war,irack war, afghan war, korean war... I know many wars but I really know the meanig of these war....

Posted by Ravi December 1, 10 08:34 AM
145.

第15张很像新华社摆拍风格啊

Posted by Anonymous December 1, 10 06:14 PM
146.

I think nuclear society has hit the height of hypocrisy that the US and other nuclear powers would condemn this. Given that the US was the first & only nation to drop 'the bomb' not once but twice on civilian populations. Of course we are white and rich so it's okay.

Posted by Tash December 1, 10 11:39 PM
147.

War should be avoided, the negotiations are important, because the north and south korea is one brother, although different ideology, I argue that large countries play an important role, to unite the divided two Korean states, to Asia and world peace, if war is going to happen disaster, Horses just do not want to make mistake twice.

Posted by ian December 2, 10 09:42 PM
148.

if only i can help them.,.
i do it right away but then.,.
there's nothing i can do.,.,
i'm just a human who has a
normal life.,.
if only i have magic i can do help them,.,.

Posted by lynuel jane aquino December 4, 10 07:03 AM
149.

The two civillians killed were construction worker who were in millitary area as well as two millitary person who were killed.

People in US shouldnt be fooled by medias trying to brainwash you that that this was unprovoked attack by North Korea!!

North Korea announced and warned many many times that they are going to fire, and South Korea started firing first to the disputed zone. Thats why this happened.

US/South Korea is still doing heavy provoking millitary exercises in the region.

Dont be fooled!! Scene like that was all over in North Korea and South Korea with tends and thousands of people died from South Korean massacre and US bombing!!

Posted by dongsoo December 6, 10 02:01 PM
150.

/149
dongsoo, hope you are not from South Korea......or North Korea either actually.

Why would South Korea fire first? As I said before, it was just a normal military drill that is done anually. And the bomb was fired to the opposite side of North Korea(southwest side). Also, South Korea informed North Korea about it (as always) prior to the military drill. North Korea had never criticized the drill before...They are just trying to find some excuse about their brutality.

No country in the world (even Russia and possibly China...) refute the claim that North Koreans fired first.

If war breaks out, what South Koreans achieved so far will go away in just one day. On the other hand, North Korea has nothing to lose actually. The size of two countries' economy are not even comparable.

North Koreans exactly know this and have been taking advantage of it for 60 years...The leaders of North Korea do not care about people's lives; they are just focused on maintaining their regime.

It was just a few months ago.. North Koreans secretly attacked a South Korean vessel and the lives of almost 50 marines were gone. And South Korea could do almost nothing about it.

Dongsoo, read history books and get some insight from it. You should not talk about people's lives so easily...

Posted by libertango December 7, 10 06:13 AM
151.

#23 yum

Posted by Ali December 7, 10 08:15 PM
152.

WISH and HOPE "They have PEACE in their hearts and minds."

Posted by Leslie December 9, 10 03:18 AM
153.

humans dont we suck

Posted by aliens December 9, 10 03:26 PM
154.

?
North Korea
vs
South Korea?

Soviet Union, China, Cuba, the communist countries
communist countries would lose!
Anti-Communist
Anti-Atheism
Go South Korea, Go!
Go a head to South Korea

Posted by by indonesia poeple December 9, 10 11:06 PM
155.

very dangerous

Posted by jafar shaikh December 11, 10 06:14 AM
156.

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