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South Korea's Lee Warns North Against New Attacks

South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak

South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak

South Korea's president has said that North Korea will face consequences for future aggression.

Lee Myung-Bak said he feels "deep responsibility" for failing to protect South Koreans from a deadly North Korean artillery attack last week.

As Lee spoke, a nuclear-powered U.S. super carrier and a South Korean destroyer participated in joint military exercises.

The united show of force came almost a week after the attack on Yeonpyeong Island killed four, including two civilians, and sent tensions soaring in the region.

In China, Beijing's top nuclear envoy Wu Dawei called for a meeting in early December of the six powers involved in nuclear disarmament talks, including North Korea.

Meanwhile, North Korean state media has called a joint U.S.-South Korean naval drill a "grave provocation" and a "crime" which had brought the region to "the brink of war."

compiled from agency reports