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North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire on Tuesday after many rounds were fired from the North and stuck an island near the South Korean border.
South Korean military officials said, two South Korean soldiers were killed, 15 were wounded and three civilians were also injured during the attack.
The South Korean military went to “crisis status,” and fighter planes were put on alert but did not take off. However, South Korean artillery units did returned fire after the North’s attack on South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island at 2:34 p.m.
The official North Korean news agency said in a brief statement Tuesday night that the South had started the fight when it “recklessly fired into our sea area.”
Mr. Lee’s chief spokesman, Hong Sang-pyo, said after the meeting:
“We will not in any way tolerate this, any further provocation will get an immediate and strong response and the South Korean military will strongly retaliate if there is anything further.”