Frontline islands: In the conflict between North and South Korea

28 Jun 2014

Wednesday was the 64th anniversary of the start of the Korean war. It lasted three years, ending in July 1953. Since then, an uneasy truce has held between North and South Korea. One of the flashpoints is a chain of islands off the western coast. They include the islands of Yeonpyeong and Baengnyeong, which lie just south of what is known as the Northern Limit Line in the Yellow Sea. Pyongyang does not recognise the line. North Korean warships and fishing boats routinely sail over the line and there have been sporadic artillery exchanges between the two sides, notably in November 2010 when four people died on Yeonpyeong island. A Reuters photographer took these pictures on the two islands.