Section: General News - In the one of the most serious flare ups since the Korean War of the early 1950s, North and South Korea have exchanged artillery fire. At least two South Korean marines were killed and several others, and some civilians, were injured after North Korea shelled a small South Korean island.
The shelling prompted South Korea to scramble fighter jets. It set off the highest peace-time alert level here, sending top government leaders into an underground war room for emergency talks.
South Korea's government calls the act a clear military provocation and unpardonable.
Presidential press secretary Hong Sang-pyo says Pyongyang must take …