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      Koreas at It Again as North Shells South

      Reports: North Korea fires at disputed island in South Korea and the south strikes back.
      By Elad Benari
      First Publish: 8/11/2011, 3:43 AM

      North Korea and South Korea are at it again. Reports say the two have faced off near their disputed maritime border, in the first exchange of fire since last November.

      The website of the British newspaper The Independent quoted officials in Seoul, who said the North launched a volley of artillery shells that landed near the South’s Yeonpyeong island on Wednesday.

      The South Korean-based Yonhap news agency reported that South Korean forces on the island responded about an hour later by firing three shells toward the North.

      Last November, the North shelled the South Korean island, almost bringing the Cold War enemies to the brink of war.

      South Korean President Lee Myung-bak beefed up the military presence on Yeonpyeong following that attack, which killed four people.

      Meanwhile, there have also been reports in the South Korean press that the country’s Defense Minister had been targeted for assassination by North Korea, with one local newspaper saying “it is a definite fact that a team aiming to assassinate [the minister] is operating on the orders of the North.”