South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak made a tough-sounding speech today, but his critics say it comes too late. US and South Korean warships engaged in 'high-intensity' war games while NKorea makes new threats.
Seoul, South Korea
Mr. Lee, talking on South Korea’s television networks, said he could hardly “contain [his] anger over the North Korean regime’s cruelty” in a bombardment that killed four people, including two civilians and two South Korean marines.
Moments after he spoke, North Korea again fired off a rhetorical blast against the United States and South Korean naval exercises in the Yellow Sea, 50 miles south of the scene, promising “merciless punishment.”
While the war of words raged between North and South Korea, the flotilla, led by the aircraft carrier George Washington, conducted what a South Korean military spokesman said were “high intensity” war games featuring mock attacks and target practice “on a 24-hour basis.”