Britain condemns 'unprovoked' N.Korea attack
British Foreign Secretary William Hague condemned North Korea's "unprovoked attack" on South Korea on Tuesday, saying it would lead to further tensions on the peninsula.
"The UK strongly condemns North Korea's unprovoked attack on the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong Island. Such unprovoked attacks will only lead to further tensions on the Korean peninsula," Hague said in a statement.
"We strongly urge North Korea to refrain from such attacks and adhere to the Korean Armistice agreement. I welcome (South Korean) President Lee Myung-bak's call for restraint."
North Korea fired artillery shells onto a South Korean border island, killing at least two people, setting homes ablaze and prompting an exchange of fire with southern troops, officials and reports said.
Washington has pledged to defend South Korea following the attack, while US ally Japan, as well as China and Russia, have also voiced their deep concern over the incident.
© 2010 AFP