Russia voices alarm at Korean war games

29th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russia said Monday it was "extremely concerned" by the surge in military activities around the Korean peninsula, in apparent reference to ongoing US-South Korean war games in the Yellow Sea.

It delivered the message during a meeting in Moscow between the South Korean ambassador, Lee Youn-ho, and Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Borodavkin.

"It was noted that today's surge in military activity, which comes against the backdrop of an absence of dialogue between the interested parties, is causing extreme concern," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The US and South Korean navies began staging four days of their biggest-ever joint exercise off the Korean peninsula on Sunday.

Tensions rose sky-high last week after the North shelled a South Korean border island, killing four people and wounding 18 in the first bombardment of a civilian area in the South since the 1950-53 Korean war.

© 2010 AFP

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