WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional leaders from both parties are
joining the White House in condemining North Korea's attack on a
South Korean island today.
The attack, which came during South Korean military exercises on
the island, killed two South Korean marines, and set buildings on
fire. The island has a small civilian population.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says South Koreans should
know that the United States remains committed to their defense.
And Democratic congressman Ike Skelton of Missouri, who heads
the House Armed Services Committee, says the attack was in "direct
violation" of the agreement that ended the fighting during the
Korean War. He says North Korea's regime is "more dangerous than
most people realize."
A senior administration official says President Barack Obama was
awakened early today by his national security adviser, who updated
the president on the situation in the Koreas.
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