South Korea’s National Security Council has held a rare emergency meeting to discuss its diplomatic stand-off with the North.
Wary of the impact, Seoul says it has no plans to launch a retaliatory military strike. It is likely instead to press the international community for action, probably more sanctions.
South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak said:
“We can’t afford to make the slightest mistake and we will be very prudent in all response measures we take.”
The South says it has overwhelming evidence that a North Korean submarine attacked one of its warships in March, killing 46 sailors.
“I think if the South Korean puppet authorities persist in their confrontational moves against the DPRK, then inter-Korean relations can never be improved.” is the opinion of Ri Chung Bok, from the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea.
North Koreans looked relaxed on their way to work in Pyongyang this morning, despite radio broadcasts describing the latest developments in the row as a “new stage of war”.