Kim Jong-Un’s frequent visits to front-line bases makes South anxious

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By Lee Jong-Heon,

YEONPYEONG ISLAND, South Korea — North Korea’s youthful new dictator Kim Jong-Un’s frequent visits to front-line military bases have put residents of this border island on alert over fears that the North will launch another deadly artillery attack similar to the one in November 2010.

North Korean ruler Kim Jong-Un inspects a military unit on the eastern front line in this screenshot from Korean Central TV. /Yonhap

While fishermen continue to ply their nets, they remain diligent almost two years after the North’s artillery turned this tiny island’s downtown into an inferno.

Yeonpyeong Island is about 13 kilometers from North Korea. During the North’s devastating attack on Nov. 23, 2010, most residents fled in panic after 170 shells rained down on the island, killing two Marines and two civilian workers.

But most people have returned and dozens of demolished houses and public facilities have been repaired. But residents still fear another volley of shells from their unpredictable Northern neighbor.

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