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November 29, 2010
Clash between the Koreas
YEONPYEONG ISLAND, South Korea (AP) - The view from this South Korean island takes in the undulating hills of North Korea just seven miles away and the seafood-rich waters all around - a region of such economic and strategic importance to both countries that one expert calls it a recipe for war. Violence often erupts in this slice of sea claimed by both countries. Boats routinely jostle for position during crab-catching season, and three deadly naval clashes since 1999 have taken a few dozen lives. The South's president took responsibility Monday for failing to protect his citizens from a deadly North Korean artillery barrage on Yeonpyeong Island on Nov. 23. The origins of the attack can be traced to a sea border drawn at the close of the Korean War, nearly 60 years ago. (32 images)

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A South Korean marines, behind a shrapnel hole in the window of his vehicle, waits for fellow marines to remove North Korean shells found in a neighborhood on South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. AP / David Guttenfelder


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Pro-reunification activists denounce the war games between South Korea and the United States during a candlelight vigil, Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, in Seoul, South Korea. AP / Wally Santana



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A member of the Korea Disabled Veterans Organization beats burning effigies of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and his son Kim Jong Un, right, during a rally denouncing last Tuesday's North Korean bombardment on South Korean border island of Yeonpyeong, in Gwangju, South Korea, Monday, Nov. 29, 2010. AP / Hyung Min-woo



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Members of Korea Freedom Federation shout slogans during a rally denouncing last Tuesday's bombardment on South Korea's Yeonpyeong islanda, at the Chinese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Nov. 29, 2010. AP / Ahn Young-joon



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South Korean veterans attend a protest rally denouncing North Korea in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Nov. 29, 2010. AP / Wally Santana



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North Korean defectors burn the North Korean Flag in protest in front of the South Korean Defense Ministry on November 29, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. Getty Images / Chung Sung-Jun



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North Korean defectors burn the North Korean Flag in protest in front of the South Korean Defense Ministry on November 29, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. Getty Images / Chung Sung-Jun



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North Korean defectors participate in a anti-North Korea protest in front of the South Korean Defense Ministry on November 29, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. Getty Images / Chung Sung-Jun



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U.S. Navy personnel watch the monitor screens aboard the U.S. Navy's USS George Washington during a joint military exercise off South Korea's West Sea, in South Korea's West Sea on Monday, Nov. 29, 2010. A U.S. supercarrier and South Korean destroyer took up position in the tense Yellow Sea on Sunday for joint military exercises that were a united show of force just days after a deadly North Korean artillery attack. AP /



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A U.S. Navy F/ A18F Super Hornet fighter attack aircraft is launched off the deck of the USS George Washington, during a joint military exercise off South Korea's West Sea, in South Korea's West Sea on Monday, Nov. 29, 2010. A U.S. supercarrier and South Korean destroyer took up position in the tense Yellow Sea on Sunday for joint military exercises that were a united show of force just days after a deadly North Korean artillery attack. AP /



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A US Navy crew members work on deck as a F-18 Super Hornet strike fighter plane takes off from the deck of USS George Washington during a joint US and South Korea military exercise on the Korean Peninsula's west sea on November 29, 2010 South Korea. Getty Images / Pool



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A South Korean soldier stands near a M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System at Yeonpyeong Island on November 29, 2010. AFP/ Getty Images / DONG-A ILBO



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South Korean Marines ride in the back of a military truck after they loaded their supplies at the port on Yeonpyeong Island on November 29, 2010. AFP/ Getty Images / KIM JAE-HWAN



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South Korean soldiers pack up camp during exercises on the western beach town of Malipo, South Korea, Monday, Nov. 29, 2010. AP / Wally Santana



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A South Korean looks on after scheduled military exercises were cancelled due to inclement weather at Mallipo beach on November 29, 2010 in Taean, South Korea. Getty Images / Chung Sung-Jun



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South Korean ships stage off of the coast of South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. AP / David Guttenfelder



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A North Korean female soldier, right, looks back as she and another patrol on a pathway along the bank of the Yalu River, the China-North Korea border river, near North Korea's town of Sinuiju, opposite to the Chinese border city of Dandong, Sunday Nov. 28, 2010. AP / Andy Wong



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South Korean residents who evacuated from Yeonpyeong Island pray during a service at a temporary shelter in Incheon, South Korea, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. AP / Ha Sa-hun



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South Korean protesters hold candle lights during a rally against the U.S.-South Korea joint military exercise in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. AP / Ahn Young-joon



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Members of the National Emergency Management Agency check gas masks as they inspect emergency evacuation facilities at a subway station in Seoul on November 28, 2010. AFP/ Getty Images / YONHAP



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A South Korean soldier looks through his binoculars during a military drill on the beach in Malipo, north western South Korea, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. AP / Wally Santana



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A South Korean soldier takes guard during a military drill on the beach in Malipo, north western South Korea, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. AP / Wally Santana



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A South Korean soldier gestures as they prepare for landing operations on a beach in Taean, around 170 km southwest of Seoul on November 28, 2010. AFP/ Getty Images / JUNG YEON-JE



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South Korean Marines patrol along the seashore on Yeonpyeong Island on November 28, 2010. AFP/ Getty Images / KIM JAE-HWAN



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South Korean marines carry boxes filled with military goods on Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. AP / Lee Jin-man



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South Korean marines patrol along the coast of South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. AP / David Guttenfelder



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Riot police use fire extinguishers as they clash with former South Korean underwater demolition unit members during an anti-government protest outside the Defense Ministry in Seoul on November 27, 2010. AFP/ Getty Images / LEE HOON-KOO



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Former South Korean underwater demolition team members clash with riot policemen as they spray fire extinguishers during an anti-government rally in front of the Defense Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010. AP / Ahn Young-joon



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Riot policemen struggle with former South Korean underwater demolition team member to detain them during an anti-government rally in front of the Defense Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010. AP / Ahn Young-joon



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The mother of a South Korean marine, who was killed in a North Korean artillery barrage on the South Korean border island Yeonpyeong, mourns during a funeral service at a military hospital on November 27, 2010 in Seongnam, South Korea. Getty Images / Chung Sung-Jun



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North Korean female soldiers and people clear the snow on a road near the river bank of the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010. AP / Andy Wong



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A man walks past an imprint of a hand in a heart drawn in the snow on a rock by the banks of the Yalu River in Dandong on November 27, 2010 in northeast China's Liaoning province, with the North Korean border town of Siniuju connected on the opposite side of the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge in background after a night of snowfall. AFP/ Getty Images / FREDERIC J. BROWN



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