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UN chief "deeply concerned" by escalation of tension on Korean Peninsula

11-24-2010 10:36 BJT Special Report:DPRK, S. Korea Exchange Fire |

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-general Ban Ki- moon on Tuesday said that he "is deeply concerned by the escalation of tension on the Korean Peninsula" after the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) exchanged fires in waters off the west coast of the divided peninsula, and called for "immediate restraint."

Ban, in a statement issued by his spokesman, said: "The attack was one of the gravest incidents since the end of the Korean war."

The exchange of fire left at least two ROK marines killed and 16 others injured, reports said.

The statement said: "The secretary-general regrets the loss of life and expresses sympathy to the victims and their families."

"The secretary-general insists that any differences should be resolved by peaceful means," the statement said, adding that "the secretary-general has conveyed his utmost concern to the president of the Security Council."

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: Xinhua

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