The Yeonpyeong Attacks
Once described as the “Frontline of World War III” in 2010, the South Korean islands of Yeonpyeong have been the focus of many years of tension between North and the United States-backed South Korea. In June of 1999, gunboats from both countries tested the Northern Limit Line sea boundary by Yeonpyeong until they were literally nudging one another back to their side. After seven days of this aggression, the first shot was fired by the PT-381 North Korean gunboat. It started the first of several conflicts that threatened stability as North Korean gunships regrouped and struck again in 2002. In 2010, the north came back, this time bombarding Yeonpyeong.