North Korea fired barrages of artillery onto a South Korean island near their disputed western border Tuesday, setting buildings ablaze and killing at least two Korean marines after warning the South to halt military drills in the area, South Korean officials said. The island houses military installations and a small civilian population. In addition to the two casualties, three were seriously wounded and 10 slightly wounded, a Joint Chiefs of Staff official said. Island residents were escaping to about 20 shelters in the island while sporadic shelling continued, the JCS said. The White House released a statement confirming they are in close and continuing contact with Korean allies and that they strongly condemn the attacks.
Associated Press White House correspondent Mark Smith joined the Federal Drive this morning with more information.