Nov 23, 2010
Major powers expressed concern or alarm at North Korea’s shelling of a South Korean island on Monday.
Among North Korea’s neighbors, Russia said it saw a “colossal danger” of an escalation in fighting on the Korean peninsula and China said it was imperative to resume six-party talks aimed at ending the north’s nuclear weapons program.
Following South Korean firing exercises near disputed waters, North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells at the island of Yeonpyeong. Two soldiers were killed and houses set ablaze in one of the heaviest bombardments of the South since the Korean War ended in 1953.
The United States urged North Korea to “halt its belligerent action,” saying that it was “firmly committed to the defense of our ally, the Republic of Korea, and to the maintenance of regional peace and stability.”
This article was posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 9:03 am