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As the U.S. and South Korea ended war maneuvers following North Korea’s deadly bombardment of a front-line island, a North Korean soldier at the heavily armed border said Wednesday he hoped for peace.

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Can’t wait to hear what happens next….

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Kumgangsan, North Korea
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Kumgangsan, or "Diamond Mountains", lies just north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the buffer zone between North and South Korea. Since 1998 South Koreans, normally refused entry into the country, were allowed to visit Kumgangsan. South Korea suspended tours to Kumgangsan in July 2008 after a South Korean woman was shot dead in the area by KPA soldiers. The North claimed the woman had trespassed into an restricted area and ignored repeated warnings to leave, placing the blame squarely on her. Requests by the South for an investigation into the incident were flatly rejected.

Follow latest updates at and South Korea has confirmed firing dozens of artillery shells in retalliation against an attack by North Korea. The action followed earlier reports that North Korea had fired over 200 rounds across its western maritime border. Witnesses say the shells hit Yeonpyeong Island in the Yellow Sea where over 60 houses are ablaze. Reports say one South Korean marine has been killed and at least 14 people have been injured. Seoul has since placed the country is on its highest non-wartime alert.
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