Kim Jong Il Tours Soy Sauce Factory

US, meanwhile, says it isn't planning any military response
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2010 2:20 PM CST
Kim Jong Il visits the construction site of the Huichon Power Station with his third son Kim Jong Un, unseen, in Chagang Province, in this Nov. 4, 2010 file photo.   (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

(Newser) – With North Korea and South Korea teetering on the edge of war, what did Kim Jong Il and his heir apparent, Kim Jong Un, spend the day doing? They visited a soy sauce factory, reports Aol News, via a dispatch from the state news agency. The father-son duo also visited a medical school in Pyongyang, while the world wondered aloud whether the Dear Leader himself had ordered the artillery barrage.

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, meanwhile, was calling for calm on his side of the border, while promising a “stern retaliation” if there were further attacks, reports the Christian Science Monitor. But the shape of such retaliation is unclear; a Pentagon spokesman tells Voice of America that the US has no military response in the works, and no plans to send additional troops to South Korea, beyond the 25,000 usually stationed there. Click here for more.

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