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November 23, 2010 (KATAKAMI / Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council could hold an emergency meeting in the next day or two over an attack by North Korea on a South Korean island, a French diplomatic source told reporters on Tuesday.
Asked whether the Security council would meet, the source said: “It’s in the works for either today or tomorrow. We are for it and (planning) is ongoing.”
French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie condemned the North Korean shelling, which killed two soldiers and set dozens of houses ablaze.
“I condemn firmly the artillery strikes from North Korea on the Yeonpyeong island and that resulted in two deaths among South Korean military forces and several injured among the civilian population,” Alliot-Marie said in a statement.
“France calls on North Korea to halt the provocation and refrain from any further acts that could worsen tensions in the region.”
The attack by reclusive North Korea against its southern neighbor was one of the heaviest yet and followed revelations at the weekend that Pyongyang is fast developing another source of material to make atomic bombs.
It also comes after moves by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il to make his youngest son heir apparent to the family dynasty. (*)