Tensions between North, South Korea growing

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South Korean President Lee Myung Bak ordered his government to take systematic and resolute" countermeasures against North Korea after its torpedo attack on a South Korean warship in March that he said violated the U.N. Charter as well as the armistice agreement that effectively ended the 1950-1953 Korean War.

Lee, presiding over an emergency meeting of the National Security Council, instructed related ministries to take "systematic and resolute countermeasures against North Korea so that it cannot repeat this reckless provocation," Yonhap News Agency reported.

It said the president was being quoted by his spokeswoman Kim Eun Hye.

At the same time, Lee stressed the need for prudence in responding to the "surprise military attack from North Korea while South Korean people were resting late at night."

"This case is so serious and grave that there should be not a single mistake in any of our measures, and we should be very prudent," Lee was quoted as saying....

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