S.Korea president: attacks on civilians unforgiveable

SEOUL Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:26am EST

SEOUL Nov 23 (Reuters) - President Lee Myung-bak said on Tuesday it was unforgiveable for North Korea to fire artillery shells at civilians on a South Korean island.

"Indiscriminate attacks on civilians are unpardonable, also in a humanitarian sense," he told a military briefing, according to a pool report. The North fired a barrage of shells at the island, killing two soldiers and setting residential areas ablaze.

(Reporting by Miyoung Kim and Hyunjoo Jin; editing by Jeremy Laurence)

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