President Lee Myung-bak calls N. Korea's attack 'inhumane,' calls for national unity

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak


SEOUL, Nov. 29 (Yonhap) — South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on Monday strongly condemned North Korea’s recent shelling of a South Korean border island, saying an attack against civilians is an “inhumane” crime strictly prohibited even during a war.

“I can’t contain my anger over the North Korean regime’s cruelty that ignores even the lives of children,” Lee said in a televised speech.

He pledged that Seoul will make Pyongyang pay a price corresponding to any future provocations.

Lee said the North’s deadly artillery strike on Yeonpyeong Island, where about 1,400 people resided, shows that it would be hard to expect the communist nation to abandon its nuclear program and military brinkmanship.

Lee appealed to the South Korean people for unity, saying a “unified people” would take national security to its strongest level.  (*)

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