South Korean troops mistakenly attack passenger jet
Sunday, June 19, 2011
The plane's route is disputed. One aviation controller said that the plane was "flying normally" and "did not deviate from its normal route," a claim with which Asiana agrees. However,reports that the South Korean marines who attacked the aircraft say it was off-course. A Marine Corps official said the shooting lasted ten minutes as the plane flew over island. The marines fired from nearby .
Relations between the two Korean countries have been tense since the end of open hostilities in the 1953 US-built missiles capable of reaching the northern capital, Pyongyang, and blamed the north for twin bombings that killed 50 people last year.. The South Korean military has recently used photos of North Korean leader 's family for target practice, with the north threatening retaliation. South Korean media claimed yesterday that the south has
One current dispute involves nine refugees arriving in the south by boat on June 11. Yesterday, the south said that all wish to defect and, per its policy, refused to hand them back. The north'swarned on Thursday that failure to do so could lead to further deterioration in Korean relations.
South Korean troops have been told by Defence Ministerto fire at attacking North Koreans without waiting for or seeking instructions. "Don't ask your commanders whether to fire back or not. Take actions first and then report afterwards," he said on the front line in March. The South Korean military was criticised in November for a slow response to the north's shelling of island, which killed four.
The two marines who attacked the plane yesterday had recently been told that the North was increasing military action due to heightened tensions. As a result of the incident, increased training on aircraft identification will be performed. Asiana said they were unaware of the attack until contacted by the military and asked if the jet had been hit.
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