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Pyongyang slams US-South Korean manoeuvres

Pyongyang slams US-South Korean manoeuvres
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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is under fire for his indecision and failure to keep the public informed following Tuesday’s attack by North Korea.

Four people were killed during an artillery bombardment marking it as one of the most violent incidents between the two states since the end of the Korean war in 1953, which ended without a peace treaty being signed.

This protester wants the South to take a more aggressive stance:

“It is definitely an invasion of our land. But our government has not punished them yet. They have talked about punishment without any action. We feel uncomfortable. How can we trust our president with our daily lives.”

Meanwhile, Seoul has appointed career soldier Kim Kwan-Jin as the new defence minister at a time when both North Korea and China have warned against joint US-South Korean military exercises planned for this weekend.

The US military commander in South Korea visited the island of Yeonpyeong, the site of the North Korean attack.

General Walter Sharp condemned the shelling:

“What I have seen here is basically North Korea attacked this island, which is a clear violation of the armistice agreement.”

Following Tuesday’s artillery shelling the war of words has gone up a notch.

Pyongyang said Sunday’s military manoeuvres will drag the region to the “brink of war.”

Earlier the South Korean military said they heard sounds of artillery fire from inside North Korea and witnesses claimed smoke could be seen rising from inland areas.