South Korea Fires At Unidentified Ship Off Coast As One Of Its Own Ships Sinks Near Maritime Border

Tyler Durden's picture

From Fox News citing Yonhap:

URGENT: SEOUL, South Korea -- A news agency says a South Korean navy ship has fired shots at an unidentified ship.

The South Korean navy reportedly shot at an unidentified ship near
North Korea as one of its vessels is sinking near the maritime border
along the country's west coast.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency said late Friday that the navy ship fired shots toward North Korea.

The report comes as South Korean officials confirm that a navy ship
is sinking off the west coast near the border with North Korea. There's
no word yet on what caused the sinking.

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svendthrift's picture

Some South Korean media are reporting it was an old mine. Though other reports say there was a battle with a NK ship.

hedgeless_horseman's picture

Maybe this is our chance to finally break the tie.

Crab Cake's picture

The solution MacArthur put forward, whether by our enemy or by us, is the only solution.  The Korean war was the introduction to nuclear stalemate.  Maybe that tie gets broken too?

Bam_Man's picture

South Korean navy shoots at and sinks one of its own ships? Oops!

It is reported that those responsible had previously been exchange students at the Italian navy's gunnery school.

viahj's picture

just what the oligarchs need, another war and distraction just in time.  also 'lil Kim needs a distraction to forment rising internal conflicts.  perfect match.

monmick's picture

This must explain the pop in gold a few minutes ago...

GerritB's picture

It was a stealth vessel from US navy! source: IRANTV

lol :)

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Nope. The USA would never conspire with other (supposedly friendly propped up democratic puppet) regimes to create a false flag attack. Never!

SDRII's picture

meanwhile as reported overnight...North Korea said its military is ready to unleash “unprecedented nuclear strikes” against the US and South Korea following a report the two are preparing for possible political instability in the communist country.

John Self's picture

That's an effective turn of phrase, because the precedented nuclear strikes just don't scare me very much.

anony's picture

"..They might have split up or they might have capsized
They may have broke deep and took water
And all that remains is the faces and the names
Of the wives and the sons and the daughters."  (g. lightfoot)

SDRII's picture

Crisis Event: South Korean Ship Sinking In Yellow Sea

According to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, a 1,500-ton naval vessel with a crew of 104 sank off of the island of Baengnyeong in the Yellow Sea on March 26. Based on size and crew displacement it is likely either an Ulsan-class guided missile frigate or a Po Hang-class corvette. The incident took place between 9 and 10 a.m. local time. The cause is unknown, but the BBC has reported that a torpedo was involved. Seoul has said there was an explosion at the stern, and it is investigating whether a torpedo attack from North Korea was the cause, according to YTN TV. The contested waters between North and South Korea do see the occasional naval clashes, but the loss of a surface combatant on this scale would be extremely significant.

hedgeless_horseman's picture is likely either an Ulsan-class guided missile frigate or a Po Hang-class corvette.

My analysis is that it is a Po'on-Tang class corvette, shown here:

I'm no expert, but it looks to me like South Korean shipbuilder, Hyundai, has clearly stolen some U.S. technology.

MsCreant's picture

That car is definitely the bomb! LOL

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Now THAT'S a phallic symbol. Where's the (used) condom?

velobabe's picture

poor poor GM.

one nice body style up until 1968.

i had a '65 small block, first year disc brakes.

i repainted and pulled the engine, with help, and had it rebuilt.

god it was beautiful, nassau blue.

sold it in '83 so i could start buying velo's.

Híppos Purrós's picture

Actually, HH - that's a fairly common error...  in fact, you've referenced one of the early prototypes; operational Po'on-Tang Class Corvettes are more commonly typified by this/current silhouette....  (see Janes - All The Worlds Navies)

Theta_Burn's picture

How lucky NK is to have no resources...

Crab Cake's picture

China has plenty.  It would be the Korean war, right?  North Korea is a proxy state.

Wynn's picture

Giant Squid sighted in the Yellow Sea

MsCreant's picture

Riding in on the good ship Dow which is tank, uh, I mean diving at the moment.

Stuart's picture

Any American jets target practicing in the area?


caconhma's picture

Could be, could be.

Just two days ago, US jet bombed its own in Afghanistan. So, what is new?

aint no fortunate son's picture

Please keep moving, there's nothing to see here folks, nothing at all... market's already coming back

Peterpaul's picture

This is a significant event. The poster that said the Norks and the Soks fire on each other occasionally is correct. However, it is usually big guns at a distance - a louder version of saber rattling.

The sinking of a crusier by a Nork torpedo is definitely going to ratchet up the tension on the Peninsula.

Wonder if the Chinese okayed it as a means to show they can destabalize the area if you push us to hard on the currency?

trav7777's picture

China's geopolitical agitation is very clumsy and inherently destabilizing.

They are the main nuclear proliferator in the world - all proliferation roads trace back to them.

Look at the States they prop up, Pakistan and North Korea, intended as counterweights against India and ROK/Japan, respectively.

But the consequences of their proxy states' behavior are frighteningly bad.  I mean, they invite virtual armageddon

non-anon's picture

North and South Korea are still technically at war, there was never a treaty signed after the conflict.


"Pyongyang's decision to nullify all accords increases the prospect of an armed confrontation on the Peninsula, where over a million soldiers face each other across the Demilitarised Zone that divides the two Koreas."

deadparrot's picture

North Korea lashing out militarily again? I think we know this drill by now. Send $10B in food across the border and they'll settle down.

Alethiometer's picture

According to AP article, a flock of birds was the only thing in the area at the time.  Another SK ship successfully fired on the malevolent fowl, scaring them off.  Shame they were apparently able to cause an explosion resulting in the sinking of an SK boat.  Resurgence in a more dangerous bird flu anyone?  Better get vaccinated and buy some Pfizer stock just in case.

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