Nov 27, 2010


S. Korea held funerals for two marines

  • Nov 27, 2010
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  • South Korea has held funerals for the two marines killed when North Korea fired artillery shells at the South's Yeonpyeong island earlier this week.
    It comes as the US calls on China to do more to increase its pressure on Pyongyang to prevent further incidents between South Korea and North Korea.
    The South Korea, which returned fire, has announced that it will begin joint military exercises with US forces on Sunday.
    China has said its "top priority" is to keep the situation under control. Beijing has begun a series of talks with Washington, Seoul and Pyongyang in an attempt to ease the tensions.
    The funeral for marines Seo Jeong-woo and Moon Kwang-wook was held at a military hospital in Seongnam, close to the capital, Seoul and broadcast live on national television.
    Hundreds of government and military officials, politicians, religious leaders, activists and civilians attended, said the Yonhap news agency.
    Among them were Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik and Maj Gen You Nak-jun, head of the marine corps.
    "We'll certainly repay North Korea a hundred- and thousand-fold for killing and harming our marines," said Maj Gen You.
    "South Korean active-duty marines and all reserve forces will engrave this anger and hostility in our bones and we will make sure we take revenge on North Korea."
    Officials and relatives placed white flowers on the two coffins draped in the South Korean flag. Marines sang as the coffins were carried out.

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