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Finland voices concern over situation in Korea
Finland has joining the rest of the international community in calling for an immediate calming of the situation on the Korean Peninsula, where North Korea has launched an artillery assault on a South Korean island.
“Finland is following the situation with the rest of the international community with concern. Consultations are currently taking place among different countries on what has happened, and information is being gathered. At this point it is too early to draw far-reaching conclusions. The violence needs to stop immediately”, said Minister for Foreign Affairs Alexander Stubb (Nat. Coalition Party) by telephone to the Finnish News Agency STT on Tuesday morning.
North Korean artillery bombarded a South Korean island near the western border between the two countries on Tuesday. The attack set buildings on fire, and two soldiers were reported killed.
The North had warned South Korea to stop military exercises in the area.
Foreign Minister Stubb called on both sides to show moderation, and urged that a cease fire would be imposed.
He added that every incident like this is a cause for concern.