November 30, 2010 11:21
President Lee Myung-bak addressed South Korea at 10 a.m. Monday on North Korea's shelling of Yeonpyeong Island last week which left four dead and 18 wounded.
During a seven-minute speech Lee expressed outrage over the North's ruthless attack on civilians, calling it an "inhumane" crime.
Lee stated that Seoul has long tolerated Pyongyang's numerous provocations in the past and provided humanitarian aid for the last 20 years in the hope that the isolated regime would change.
However, he said the latest assault has proven that it is difficult to expect the North to give up its military adventurism and nuclear ambitions, citing the regime's ongoing nuclear development and torpedo attack on the South Korean corvette Cheonan in March.
He pledged to make Pyongyang pay dearly for any future provocations, and strongly pursue a plan to bolster South Korea’s military capabilities and fighting power.
Lee added that leaders of the international community including the U.S., Japan, Germany, the U.K. and Russia have shown support by denouncing the North for the atrocity.
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