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Nations condemn North Korean attack

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 02:51

Nov 23 - South Korean residents flee the scene of an artillery attack by the North, as the two countries cast blame and the international community urges restraint.

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All that he closed circuit camera shows a moment of impact. One of scores of artillery shells fired by North Korea lands on a South Korean island. Moments later panic. The barrage prompted a sell the fire Barack and scramble fighter jets. As the two nations based often one of the largest exchanges of fire since the Korean War ended in 1953. So reported most of the north shells hit a military base killing two soldiers and wounding seventeen. Three civilians were also hurt. In the aftermath hundreds of residents from the targeted -- fled to the mainland. It was like old black my house has burned out demographic theft. It's incredible -- -- by some of the scene of the military army units and and so many houses and mountains of plan. Officials in Seoul have called this show and a clear military provocation. They said South Korean military units were conducting regular military firing drills in the area. But these were not aimed towards the north. South Korea's president Lee Myung -- said his country will not tolerate attacks. It. A hundred statements or meetings wouldn't work. I think -- -- -- of the army to respond with actions. Especially we can never tolerate unconditional attacks against civilians. It. Meanwhile North Korea responded with a strongly worded rebuttal on state run television. Pyongyang accused the -- the firing dozens of shells into the north's territorial waters. The north read the statement responded as a matter of self defense. There has been no word on any North Korean casualties. Tuesday's attacks have also drawn widespread international reaction. Stephen Bosworth the US envoy to North Korea now in China called for restraint but said the US will stand by its allies. USO strongly condemns this aggression on the part of North Korea. And we stand firmly with our allies. China and North Korea's only major ally urged peace and Russia warned of a colossal danger. There is speculation the united nations Security Council may soon hold an emergency meeting. Tensions between the north and south have been a concern for decades. The Korean War ended only in -- troops in the two countries are technically still at war. Keep your -- -- Reuters.

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Nations condemn North Korean attack

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 02:51