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S. Korea commemorates first anniversary of Yeonpyeong shelling

11-24-2011 09:02 BJT

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South Korean Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik has joined mourners at the National Cemetery as the country marked the anniversary of the DPRK's artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island.

Mourners laid flowers on the graves of the two construction workers and two marines killed in an attack that was the first to target a civilian area since the Korean War ended with a cease-fire in 1953.

The anniversary comes as diplomats from the DPRK and South Korea and the United States reach out to explore ways to restart long-stalled six-party talks. However, Kim said in his speech that the South Korean government will never compromise when it comes to the safety and security.

Kim Hwang-sik said, "The South Korean government will never compromise and will take firm measures when it comes to the safety and security of our people and the country. We will use all our power to establish a firm national defence position to neutralise any DPRK determination to provoke us."

When the DPRK launched its artillery attack late last year, the shelling brought the threat of all-out war on the peninsula. The DPRK acknowledged launching the attack after warning South Korea not to carry out live-fire drills in the disputed waters dividing the two countries.

More than 150 shells fell on the island guarded by South Korean marines, turning the small fishing community into an inferno and forcing the residents to evacuate by boat.

South Korean Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik has joined mourners at the National Cemetery as
the country marked the anniversary of the DPRK's artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island.

Mourners laid flowers on the graves of the two construction workers and two marines killed
in an attack that was the first to target a civilian area since the Korean War ended with a
cease-fire in 1953.

South Korean Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik has joined mourners at the National Cemetery as
the country marked the anniversary of the DPRK's artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island.

Mourners laid flowers on the graves of the two construction workers and two marines killed
in an attack that was the first to target a civilian area since the Korean War ended with a
cease-fire in 1953.

 

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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