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U.S. Embassy Seoul

Artillery firing into Northwest Islands off the coast of Korea

November 23, 2010

The U.S. Embassy in Seoul is transmitting the following information through the Embassy's Warden System as a public service to all U.S. citizens in the Republic of Korea.  Please disseminate this message broadly to U.S. citizens.

This warden message is being issued in response to reports of North Korean artillery firing into the Northwest Islands (Yeonpyeong-do) off the coast of the Republic of Korea the afternoon of November 23, 2010.  This artillery exchange was isolated to the Northwest Island area of the Republic of Korea and ceased as of 3:30 p.m.  The Embassy is closely monitoring the situation.  Should the security situation change, the Embassy will update this warden message. 

U.S. citizens living or traveling in South Korea are encouraged to register with the Embassy through the State Department's travel registration website: https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/ .  U.S. citizens without internet access may register in person at the U.S. Embassy.  Registration is a voluntary way of telling us that you, as a U.S. citizen, are in Korea, whether for a long-term stay or for a short visit.  In the event of an emergency, we use registration information to communicate with you.  This could include a family emergency in which relatives in the United States request that the Embassy contact you. 

For the latest security information worldwide, U.S. citizens should regularly monitor the State Department's website at http://travel.state.gov where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found.  Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the Unites States, or, for callers from outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). 

 

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