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Westerwelle 'very worried' by North Korean attack

The Local · 23 Nov 2010, 12:02

Published: 23 Nov 2010 12:02 GMT+01:00

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"I am very worried by the North Korean artillery fire on South Korea. This new military provocation threatens peace in the region," Guido Westerwelle said in a statement.

"I hope in this tense situation that all parties will act in a cool-headed manner and I welcome the efforts of South Korean President Lee (Myung-Bak) to de-escalate the situation.

"The (German) government assures the South Korean people and its government of our support and sympathy in this difficult time," he said.

North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells onto the border island of Yeonpyeong on Tuesday, killing two marines and injuring 18 soldiers or civilians.

In what appeared to be one of the most serious border incidents since the 1950-53 war, South Korean troops fired back with cannon, the government convened in an underground war room and "multiple" air force jets scrambled.

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North Korea said however that South Korea had fired first. The disputed sea border just north of the island was the scene of deadly naval clashes in 1999, 2002 and last November.


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12:57 November 23, 2010 by Aschaffenburgboy
And how is Guido planning on showing support if this escalates into an all out war?
13:35 November 23, 2010 by auniquecorn
This new military provocation threatens peace in the region," Guido Westerwelle said.

The mans a genius I tell ya.

Who would of thought?
13:56 November 23, 2010 by Cool.Cat7
South Korea should retaliate and hit the North Koreans where it hurts most. North Korea have been provoking South Korea since the sinking of a South Korean ship by torpedo coming from North Korea, now this one? No amount of warnings can deter North Korea from further provoking the South into an all out war.
15:02 November 23, 2010 by Paranoid_Android
Since Seoul is within artillery range from the border I don't think it's a good idea to "hit the North Koreans where it hurts"....
16:50 November 23, 2010 by jamano
>South Korea should retaliate and hit the North Koreans where it hurts most.<

'An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind'. Gandhi
18:03 November 23, 2010 by yhsanjay
Its a knee jerk reaction by the autocrats based in North Korea.Pyschological treatment is what these guys need.And there is no good psychologist at Pyongyang I suppose?

A very dangerous situation and can very well escalate into a World War if China joins there and the US and allies here.

Our more pragmatic and level headed world leaders need to take stock and save the event from taking a serious turn.
19:11 November 23, 2010 by Larry Thrash
Time for the UN to have their traditional emergency cocktail party.
20:19 November 23, 2010 by Eagle1
Enough is enough. North Korea is being run by belligerent children who possess deadly toys and who already have taken innocent lives. The only thing that those idiots understand is force. It's time to turn that place into a parking lot.
21:59 November 23, 2010 by Joshontour
This is a show of force to give more 'legitimacy' to North Korea's new leader.
09:53 November 24, 2010 by catjones
North Korea is China's 'trouble card'. China can play this card against the U.S. via South Korea at will. But there's a limit and a line. Cross either and the DMZ becomes the MZ.

Had the two marines killed by the NK been American......
21:28 November 24, 2010 by tianju
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17:20 November 25, 2010 by wenddiver
"The (German) government assures the South Korean people and its government of our support and sympathy in this difficult time," he said.

We'll we don't have any pledge of sympathy coming from the U.S., but we do have a nuclear powered Super Carrier and Combat hardened American Men and Women headed to the area who are every bit as capable of enforcing the Peace as they were when Russia used to like to act up in Germany, during the Cold War. The United States Marines and Great Britain's Royal Marines do more for World Peace in a month than the United Nations has done in it's entire history.

I'm sure when the crazy Dictator in Communist Korea backs down again and takes himself back to killing his own people it will be because of his respect for the UN's current Non-binding resolution. ; )
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