Political analysts said that North Korea’s shelling of South Korean waters was a response to its failing attempts to gain outside aid from the US and South Korea. It recently launched 500 artillery shells into South Korean waters calling it a live-fire exercise. South Korea retaliated with 300 artillery shells into North Korean waters.
All the shells fell into the water. Residents of the South Korean border islands were delivered into bomb shelters to protect themselves. Fishing boats in the area were advised to return to port. According to South Korean Ministry of National Defense Spokesman Kim Min-Seok, it was a pre-mediated provocation that tests the will of South Korea in protecting its borders. He said that South Korea will act decisively against North Korea.
Kim said that South Korea’s artillery response showed its vigor that it can defend its seas with enough capability against North Korea. It is also sending a message that South Korea will not tolerate any offensive by the North at any cost. According to political analysts, the situation may get worse if North Korea goes beyond its responses, such as shelling the waters of South Korean borders.
According to Korea Specialist and Professor of Political Science at Angelo State University in Texas Bruce Bechtol, the aim of North Korea is to stir the situation between them, South Korea and the United States.