| Updated at: 1508 PST, Tuesday, November 23, 2010|
SEOUL: Two South Korean marines were killed Tuesday when North Korea shelled a border island, the military said.
Announcing the deaths, General Lee Hong-Ki also told a briefing that five marines were seriously hurt in the artillery barrage and 10 suffered minor injuries, while three civilians were hurt.
Meanwhile, the White House said Tuesday it "strongly condemns" North Korea's attack on a South Korean island.
We are in close and continuing contact with our Korean allies," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a statement. "The United States strongly condemns this attack and calls on North Korea to halt its belligerent action and to fully abide by the terms of the Armistice Agreement."
Gibbs said the United States is "firmly committed to the defense of our ally, the Republic of Korea, and to the maintenance of regional peace and stability."