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Friday, 14 September, 2001, 10:54 GMT 11:54 UK
S Korea mourns US victims
Children praying outside US embassy
Security remained tight as children prayed
South Koreans marked a minute's silence on Friday for the victims of the attacks in the United States.

Sirens sounded across the nation at 1000 (0100GMT) as people gathered to pay their tributes.

Outside the US embassy in Seoul, a group of children prayed, some kneeling down with eyes closed.

Burning poster of Osama Bin Laden
Some directed their anger at terrorist suspect Osama Bin Laden
Newly appointed US ambassador Thomas Hubbard thanked them and the Korean people.

"I would like to take this opportunity to speak to the Korean people, say, how deeply the American people appreciate your support in this time of sorrow," he said.

United in mourning

South Korean politicians joined the ceremonies as government flags flew at half mast.

Declaring the day of mourning, Prime Minister Lee Han-Dong said: "Terrorism is a challenge to democracy that must not be condoned."

Even anti-US activists, encamped outside the heavily guarded US Forces Headquarters on a 337-week long protest, joined in the national mourning.

The South Korean Foreign Ministry said all but one Korean employee of South Korean firms in the World Trade Center were safe.

About another 20 nationals working for US and other companies had yet to be accounted for.

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The BBC's Charles Scanlon in Tokyo, Japan
"There is overwhelming sympathy here for the United States"
See also:

14 Sep 01 | Americas
Nations unite in mourning
13 Sep 01 | Asia-Pacific
Asian casualties mount in New York
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