North Korea shelled South Korea's Yeonpyeong island Tuesday, killing two South Korean marines and injuring more than a dozen people. South Korea returned fire. Both sides claimed that the other fired first. While the South has engaged in past attacks – notably in November 2009, when it fired on a North Korean patrol boat, and in June 1999, when it sunk a North Korean vessel – history shows that Pyongyang is often the instigator. A 2007 report from the US Congressional Research Service documents dozens of provocations, ranging from low-level naval warfare to assassinations of South Korean cabinet officers. Here are seven examples of the North's military provocations over the past decade.
11/23/2010 04:10 pm
A South Korean doctor and two drivers are headed just across the line bearing antimalaria drugs next week, a move that may signal a slight shift in policy toward North Korea.
08/13/2010 01:11 pm
One day after China refused to take a stand against North Korea over the March 26 sinking of South Korea's naval ship, Cheonan, South Korea appears to be moderating its rhetoric against the North over the sinking.
05/31/2010 12:15 pm
Angered by charges that it torpedoed the Cheonan Navy ship, North Korea appears ready to shut down the Kaesong Economic Complex, the last point of contact between the two Koreas. Kaesong hosts some 100 South Korean factories and more than 40,000 North Korean workers.
05/25/2010 02:47 pm
A third nuclear test and naval confrontations in the Yellow Sea are likely, say analysts, in response to South Korean President Lee Myung-bak's announcement Monday of retaliatory measures against North Korea for torpedoing the navy ship Cheonan.
05/24/2010 12:19 pm
It's 'obvious' North Korea was involved in the sinking of the Cheonan warship in March, South Korea's foreign minister said Wednesday.
05/19/2010 09:47 am
Analysts and diplomats are scratching their heads as to why North Korea continued firing artillery shells into its disputed maritime border with the South for the second day in a row.
01/28/2010 08:34 am
North Korea ratcheted up tensions with the South after firing an estimated 30 shells into the two countries' no-sail zone, which may be a precursor to the testing of short-range missiles.
01/27/2010 10:40 am
US holiday sales are expected to fall 1 percent, the National Retail Federation says.
10/06/2009 01:00 am
Seoul demanded an apology Tuesday after Pyongyang released without warning a torrent of dam water that killed six people in the South.
09/08/2009 01:00 am