Chinese envoy in Seoul to discuss North Korea
YEONPYEONG ISLAND, South Korea - China has reportedly sent a senior official to Seoul, amid growing tension between North and South Korea.
A South Korean news agency says the Chinese official met with South Korea's foreign minister about North Korea's artillery bombardment that killed four South Koreans. The report says they also discussed international talks on ending North Korea's nuclear programs.
Meanwhile, South Korea's marine commander is vowing a "thousand-fold" retaliation for the attack on Yeonpyeon (yuhn-pyuhng) Island.
The North is blaming Seoul for the deaths, accusing the South Koreans of using civilians as a "human shield" around artillery positions. It also lashed out at what it called a "propaganda campaign" against Pyongyang.
Meanwhile, in the South Korean capital, a small group of former special forces troops have been protesting and scuffling with riot police in front of the Defense Ministry. They're angry over what they're calling a weak response to the North Korean attack.