Koreas

SKorea buries marines killed by NKorea, vows revenge

Reuters
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The funeral for the two South Korean marines killed Tuesday by a North Korean artillery strike was held Saturday and televised nationally. South Korea vowed revenge for the attack.

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"We'll engrave this outrage deep into our bones," said General Yoo Nak-Joon, the commander of the Marine Corps, on Saturday. He pledged to "repay North Korea hundred- and thousand-fold" for the deaths of the two marines.

Sergeant Suh Jung-Woo, 22, and Private Moon Kwang-Wook, 20, were killed Tuesday along with two civilians on the island of Yeonpyeong.

As the prime minister, soldiers and relatives paid their last respects at a national cemetery, President Lee Myung-bak held a security meeting on how to counter another North Korean attack.

Pyongyang said it would launch more strikes if it felt provoked by a four day US-South Korean naval exercise planned to start on Sunday.

"No-one can predict the ensuing consequences" if the US and South Korea carry on with their military drill in the Yellow Sea, North Korea's state media warned in a statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency on Saturday .

Tuesday's attack was the first involving civilians since the 1950-53 Korean war. It has shaken South Korea and created tension across the region.

South Korean military and officials are under pressure to react strongly against North Korea, with newspaper editorials and protesters pushing for more action.

Defense minister Kim Tae-Young resigned over criticism that he had not reacted strongly enough to the attack, by firing artillery, but not launching air strikes.

His replacement, Kim Kwan-Jin, said "we need to hit back multiple times as hard", according to a news report.

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