ROK will make DPRK pay for further attacks: Lee
Updated: 2010-11-29 10:33
ROK President Lee Myung-bak speaks to the nation during a news conference at the presidential house in Seoul November 29, 2010. [Photo/Agencies]
The speech came after the two former wartime rivals exchanged fire last week in waters off the divided peninsula near a disputed maritime border. The DPRK shelled a ROK border island, killing 2 marines and 2 civilians.
Lee, who called the artillery bombardment "inhumane," urged national unity and pledged to push for a defense reform designed to shore up the military. The five northernmost islands in the Yellow Sea, deemed vulnerable to the DPRK's future provocations, will also be closely guarded, the president said.
The speech coincided with the ongoing military drills between ROK and the United States, the latest show of force aimed at deterring Pyongyang's potential aggression. The two allies have said the exercises, planned after the DPRK's alleged torpedo attack in March on a ROK warship, are "defensive in nature."
Pyongyang, calling its artillery shelling of the island a " defensive measure," warned of a strike against the joint maneuvers. The four-day navy drills, launched on Sunday, mobilize the 97,000-ton aircraft carrier George Washington.
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