"Aiming at civilians and civil houses is inhumane and it can cause further tragedy in the Korean peninsula," said Father Baptist John Kim Hun-il, executive secretary of the Subcommittee for Aid to North Korea — Church condemns North Korea’s artillery fire. "The relationship between the North and the South worsened under the current South Korean government…the South Korean government should introduce dialogue and embrace the North,” appealed Father Johannes Kim Yong-hwan, chancellor of Incheon, who also "expressed concern for the island’s residents, 452 of whom are Catholics."
Asia Times Online's Donald Kirk and Sunny Lee offer their analyses, respectively — North Korean shells aim to shock and Bang! Now let's talk. "What is more troubling, the specter of North Korea as a growing nuclear power with a brand new uranium-enrichment facility almost ready to go into operation, or a nasty assault by 'conventional' weapons on land?" asks Mr. Kirk.
DailyNK, staffed by defectors from North Korea living in the south, has several analyses. "Experts on North Korea have painted this afternoon’s North Korean attack on Yeonpyeong Island as a drastic attempt to generate dialogue with the U.S.," says Kim Yong Hun, noting that "another analysis has it that North Korea wants to lead the South towards an appeasement policy by raising inter-Korean and military conflict" — Twin Aims of Yeonpyeong Island Assault. Namgung Min reports that "opposition and ruling parties have unanimously criticized the North Korean attack on Yeonpyeong Island" and that a spokesperson for the minority Liberty Forward Party "criticized the South’s military reaction to the North Korean artillery barrage" — NK Attack and SK Response Both Under Fire.
South Korea's three main conservative dailies, The Chosun Ilbo, The Dong-A Ilbo, The Joong Ang Daily, have their reactions — Seoul Warns of 'Severe Punishment' Over N.Korean Attack, NK attack was a war crime, Fury over the attack: ‘I can’t bear this anymore’. From the last article comes this photo of "Korean citizens with grave and startled faces watch[ing] breaking news at Seoul Station yesterday afternoon after North Korea’s artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island":
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