North Korea has warned it will attack the South again if it carries out any "reckless military provocations." The statement from a North Korean military delegation—which promised "second and third strong physical retaliations without hesitation"—didn't specifically mention the US-South Korea joint military exercises set to begin on Sunday, but the drills are certain to infuriate Pyongyang, the AP notes.
The statement blamed the US as well as the South for the artillery attack, because at the end of the Korean War, the US drew a border in the Yellow Sea which the North refuses to recognize. South Korean media say North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and his son and successor Jong-un visited the artillery base from where the South was attacked several hours before the shells were launched, Reuters reports. (Read more North Korea stories.)