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<p>South Korean naval sailors (bottom L) stand on its floating base as the sun rises off Yeonpyeong Island November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak</p>

South Korean naval sailors (bottom L) stand on its floating base as the sun rises off Yeonpyeong Island November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

South Korean naval sailors (bottom L) stand on its floating base as the sun rises off Yeonpyeong Island November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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<p>A South Korean marine stands guard at the seashore on Yeonpyeong Island November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak</p>

A South Korean marine stands guard at the seashore on Yeonpyeong Island November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

A South Korean marine stands guard at the seashore on Yeonpyeong Island November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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<p>A South Korean marine helps a fellow soldier adjust his uniform as they patrol a village on Yeonpyeong Island November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak</p>

A South Korean marine helps a fellow soldier adjust his uniform as they patrol a village on Yeonpyeong Island November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

A South Korean marine helps a fellow soldier adjust his uniform as they patrol a village on Yeonpyeong Island November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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<p>South Korean marines patrol a village on Yeonpyeong Island November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak</p>

South Korean marines patrol a village on Yeonpyeong Island November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

South Korean marines patrol a village on Yeonpyeong Island November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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<p>South Korean marines patrol along the seashore on Yeonpyeong Island November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak</p>

South Korean marines patrol along the seashore on Yeonpyeong Island November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

South Korean marines patrol along the seashore on Yeonpyeong Island November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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<p>South Korean marines stand together after siren and broadcast warnings go off on Yeonpyeong Island November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak</p>

South Korean marines stand together after siren and broadcast warnings go off on Yeonpyeong Island November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

South Korean marines stand together after siren and broadcast warnings go off on Yeonpyeong Island November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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<p>North Korean soldiers ride a motorcycle on the banks of the Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, November 27, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer</p>

North Korean soldiers ride a motorcycle on the banks of the Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, November 27, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

North Korean soldiers ride a motorcycle on the banks of the Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, November 27, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A South Korean naval patrol ship travels as an unidentified airplane (top) flies off Yeonpyeong Island November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak</p>

A South Korean naval patrol ship travels as an unidentified airplane (top) flies off Yeonpyeong Island November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

A South Korean naval patrol ship travels as an unidentified airplane (top) flies off Yeonpyeong Island November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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<p>South Korean marines patrol along the seashore on Yeonpyeong Island November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak</p>

South Korean marines patrol along the seashore on Yeonpyeong Island November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

South Korean marines patrol along the seashore on Yeonpyeong Island November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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<p>Soldiers carry a portrait and coffin of South Korean Marine Seo Jung-woo, who was killed by North Korea's artillery shells attack on Yeonpyeong Island, during a funeral at a military hospital in Seongnam, south of Seoul November 27, 2010. REUTERS/Korea Pool</p>

Soldiers carry a portrait and coffin of South Korean Marine Seo Jung-woo, who was killed by North Korea's artillery shells attack on Yeonpyeong Island, during a funeral at a military hospital in Seongnam, south of Seoul November 27, 2010....more

Soldiers carry a portrait and coffin of South Korean Marine Seo Jung-woo, who was killed by North Korea's artillery shells attack on Yeonpyeong Island, during a funeral at a military hospital in Seongnam, south of Seoul November 27, 2010. REUTERS/Korea Pool

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<p>The mother of South Korean marine Seo Jung-woo, who was killed by North Korea's artillery shells attack on Yeonpyeong Island, cries as she looks at her son's portrait during a funeral at a crematorium in Seongnam, south of Seoul November 27, 2010. REUTERS/Korea Pool</p>

The mother of South Korean marine Seo Jung-woo, who was killed by North Korea's artillery shells attack on Yeonpyeong Island, cries as she looks at her son's portrait during a funeral at a crematorium in Seongnam, south of Seoul November 27, 2010....more

The mother of South Korean marine Seo Jung-woo, who was killed by North Korea's artillery shells attack on Yeonpyeong Island, cries as she looks at her son's portrait during a funeral at a crematorium in Seongnam, south of Seoul November 27, 2010. REUTERS/Korea Pool

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<p>First Lieutenant Lim Un-kyung, a curator for the Pueblo, a U.S. spy ship, is interviewed in Pyongyang in this picture taken November 26, 2010 and released November 27, 2010. REUTERS/Kyodo</p>

First Lieutenant Lim Un-kyung, a curator for the Pueblo, a U.S. spy ship, is interviewed in Pyongyang in this picture taken November 26, 2010 and released November 27, 2010. REUTERS/Kyodo

First Lieutenant Lim Un-kyung, a curator for the Pueblo, a U.S. spy ship, is interviewed in Pyongyang in this picture taken November 26, 2010 and released November 27, 2010. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>Protesters tear a North Korean flag at a rally denouncing North Korea in Seoul November 27, 2010. REUTERS/Ha Sa-Hun/Yonhap</p>

Protesters tear a North Korean flag at a rally denouncing North Korea in Seoul November 27, 2010. REUTERS/Ha Sa-Hun/Yonhap

Protesters tear a North Korean flag at a rally denouncing North Korea in Seoul November 27, 2010. REUTERS/Ha Sa-Hun/Yonhap

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<p>South Korean Marines on guard use a radio after sounds of distant artillery fire were heard on Yeonpyeong Island, November 26, 2010. REUTERS/Park Ji-Ho/YONHAP</p>

South Korean Marines on guard use a radio after sounds of distant artillery fire were heard on Yeonpyeong Island, November 26, 2010. REUTERS/Park Ji-Ho/YONHAP

South Korean Marines on guard use a radio after sounds of distant artillery fire were heard on Yeonpyeong Island, November 26, 2010. REUTERS/Park Ji-Ho/YONHAP

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<p>A South Korean Marine on guard uses a radio after sounds of distant artillery fire were heard on Yeonpyeong Island, November 26, 2010. REUTERS/Park Ji-Ho/YONHAP</p>

A South Korean Marine on guard uses a radio after sounds of distant artillery fire were heard on Yeonpyeong Island, November 26, 2010. REUTERS/Park Ji-Ho/YONHAP

A South Korean Marine on guard uses a radio after sounds of distant artillery fire were heard on Yeonpyeong Island, November 26, 2010. REUTERS/Park Ji-Ho/YONHAP

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<p>The North Korean county of Kangnyong, believed to be the firing positions of artillery shells, is seen from South Korean island of Yeongpyeong November 26, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak</p>

The North Korean county of Kangnyong, believed to be the firing positions of artillery shells, is seen from South Korean island of Yeongpyeong November 26, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

The North Korean county of Kangnyong, believed to be the firing positions of artillery shells, is seen from South Korean island of Yeongpyeong November 26, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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<p>A boy who was evacuated after the North Korea's artillery shells attack on Yeonpyeong Island , takes a rest at a make-shift shelter in Incheon, west of Seoul, November 26, 2010. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon</p>

A boy who was evacuated after the North Korea's artillery shells attack on Yeonpyeong Island , takes a rest at a make-shift shelter in Incheon, west of Seoul, November 26, 2010. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A boy who was evacuated after the North Korea's artillery shells attack on Yeonpyeong Island , takes a rest at a make-shift shelter in Incheon, west of Seoul, November 26, 2010. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>A stray dog rests on debris of a house destroyed by North Korean artillery shelling, at a village on Yeonpyeong Island November 26, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak</p>

A stray dog rests on debris of a house destroyed by North Korean artillery shelling, at a village on Yeonpyeong Island November 26, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

A stray dog rests on debris of a house destroyed by North Korean artillery shelling, at a village on Yeonpyeong Island November 26, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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<p>People look as smoke rises from South Korean Yeonpyeong Island after being hit by dozens of artillery shells fired by North Korea November 23, 2010 in this picture taken by a South Korean tourist. REUTERS/Yonhap</p>

People look as smoke rises from South Korean Yeonpyeong Island after being hit by dozens of artillery shells fired by North Korea November 23, 2010 in this picture taken by a South Korean tourist. REUTERS/Yonhap

People look as smoke rises from South Korean Yeonpyeong Island after being hit by dozens of artillery shells fired by North Korea November 23, 2010 in this picture taken by a South Korean tourist. REUTERS/Yonhap

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<p>An evacuee, from the North Korea's artillery shells attack on Yeonpyeong Island, rests at a make-shift shelter converted from a sauna, in Incheon, west of Seoul, November 26, 2010. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon</p>

An evacuee, from the North Korea's artillery shells attack on Yeonpyeong Island, rests at a make-shift shelter converted from a sauna, in Incheon, west of Seoul, November 26, 2010. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

An evacuee, from the North Korea's artillery shells attack on Yeonpyeong Island, rests at a make-shift shelter converted from a sauna, in Incheon, west of Seoul, November 26, 2010. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>North Korean leader Kim Jong-il visits a newly built home at Liberation Mountain in this undated picture released by the North's official KCNA news agency in Pyongyang on November 26, 2010. REUTERS/KCNA</p>

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il visits a newly built home at Liberation Mountain in this undated picture released by the North's official KCNA news agency in Pyongyang on November 26, 2010. REUTERS/KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il visits a newly built home at Liberation Mountain in this undated picture released by the North's official KCNA news agency in Pyongyang on November 26, 2010. REUTERS/KCNA

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<p>North Korean territory is seen from Yeonpyeong island November 26, 2010. REUTERS/Kyodo</p>

North Korean territory is seen from Yeonpyeong island November 26, 2010. REUTERS/Kyodo

North Korean territory is seen from Yeonpyeong island November 26, 2010. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>An unexploded shell fired from North Korea is seen on Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010. REUTERS/Park Jong-Sik/Hankyoreh</p>

An unexploded shell fired from North Korea is seen on Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010. REUTERS/Park Jong-Sik/Hankyoreh

An unexploded shell fired from North Korea is seen on Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010. REUTERS/Park Jong-Sik/Hankyoreh

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<p>The base of a South Korean Marine's K-9 self-propelled gun is seen ablaze after it was hit by North Korean artillery shells on Yeonpyeong island, November 23, 2010. REUTERS/Defence Ministry/Handout</p>

The base of a South Korean Marine's K-9 self-propelled gun is seen ablaze after it was hit by North Korean artillery shells on Yeonpyeong island, November 23, 2010. REUTERS/Defence Ministry/Handout

The base of a South Korean Marine's K-9 self-propelled gun is seen ablaze after it was hit by North Korean artillery shells on Yeonpyeong island, November 23, 2010. REUTERS/Defence Ministry/Handout

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<p>The remains of North Korean artillery shells are seen near the destroyed houses on Yeonpyeong island, November 25, 2010. REUTERS/Park Ji-ho/Yonhap</p>

The remains of North Korean artillery shells are seen near the destroyed houses on Yeonpyeong island, November 25, 2010. REUTERS/Park Ji-ho/Yonhap

The remains of North Korean artillery shells are seen near the destroyed houses on Yeonpyeong island, November 25, 2010. REUTERS/Park Ji-ho/Yonhap

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<p>A destroyed house is seen after it was hit by artillery shells fired by North Korea on Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010. REUTERS/Ongjin County/Handout</p>

A destroyed house is seen after it was hit by artillery shells fired by North Korea on Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010. REUTERS/Ongjin County/Handout

A destroyed house is seen after it was hit by artillery shells fired by North Korea on Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010. REUTERS/Ongjin County/Handout

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<p>Smoke rises from South Korean Yeonpyeong Island after being hit by dozens of artillery shells fired by North Korea November 23, 2010 in this picture taken by a South Korean tourist. REUTERS/Yonhap</p>

Smoke rises from South Korean Yeonpyeong Island after being hit by dozens of artillery shells fired by North Korea November 23, 2010 in this picture taken by a South Korean tourist. REUTERS/Yonhap

Smoke rises from South Korean Yeonpyeong Island after being hit by dozens of artillery shells fired by North Korea November 23, 2010 in this picture taken by a South Korean tourist. REUTERS/Yonhap

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<p>The nuclear-powered USS George Washington leaves Yokosuka U.S. Naval base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, November 24, 2010. REUTERS/Kyodo</p>

The nuclear-powered USS George Washington leaves Yokosuka U.S. Naval base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, November 24, 2010. REUTERS/Kyodo

The nuclear-powered USS George Washington leaves Yokosuka U.S. Naval base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, November 24, 2010. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>A woman sits on a damaged street on Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010 after the island was hit by artillery shells fired by North Korea. REUTERS/YONHAP</p>

A woman sits on a damaged street on Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010 after the island was hit by artillery shells fired by North Korea. REUTERS/YONHAP

A woman sits on a damaged street on Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010 after the island was hit by artillery shells fired by North Korea. REUTERS/YONHAP

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<p>A local resident looks around damaged houses on Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010 after the island was hit by artillery shells fired by North Korea. REUTERS/Korea Pool/Newsis</p>

A local resident looks around damaged houses on Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010 after the island was hit by artillery shells fired by North Korea. REUTERS/Korea Pool/Newsis

A local resident looks around damaged houses on Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010 after the island was hit by artillery shells fired by North Korea. REUTERS/Korea Pool/Newsis

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<p>A resident attempts to extinguish a house fire during North Korea's artillery shelling of Yeonpyeong Island, November 24, 2010. REUTERS/Yonhap</p>

A resident attempts to extinguish a house fire during North Korea's artillery shelling of Yeonpyeong Island, November 24, 2010. REUTERS/Yonhap

A resident attempts to extinguish a house fire during North Korea's artillery shelling of Yeonpyeong Island, November 24, 2010. REUTERS/Yonhap

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<p>Destroyed houses are seen after they were hit by artillery shells fired by North Korea on Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010. REUTERS/Korea Pool/Newsis</p>

Destroyed houses are seen after they were hit by artillery shells fired by North Korea on Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010. REUTERS/Korea Pool/Newsis

Destroyed houses are seen after they were hit by artillery shells fired by North Korea on Yeonpyeong Island November 24, 2010. REUTERS/Korea Pool/Newsis

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