SKorea won't punish marines who fired at jetliner

June 19, 2011 - 4:29 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says it won't punish the marines who fired at a civilian jetliner they thought was a North Korean military aircraft.

A marine spokesman said Sunday that the soldiers were following their training when they shot at the Asiana Airlines flight carrying 119 people from the Chinese city of Chengdu around dawn Friday. The plane was undamaged.

The spokesman refused to identify himself and wouldn't elaborate.

The airline says no one on board was hurt or even aware of the shooting at the time.

Tensions between the Koreas are high. North Korea threatened earlier this month to retaliate for the South Korean military's use of photos of leader Kim Jong Il's family for shooting practice.