PYONGYANG, March 13 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Wednesday warned of "stern punishment" for what it called "anti-DPRK hostile acts" from South Korea, the official KCNA news agency reported.
A spokesman from the Ministry of the People's Armed Forces listed a number of statements and actions from South Korea since March 6, saying that those "moves" could only be interpreted as "confrontation."
South Korea began "Key Resolve" joint military exercises on Monday with the United States despite DPRK's warning of annulment of the armistice agreement that halted the Korean War (1950-53).
The DPRK also threatened to launch a preemptive nuclear strike for self-defense if the United States "dared to ignite the fuse of a nuclear war."
The spokesman named the U.S. and the South Korean military as its "major target of all-out action for defending the sovereignty and the first target of merciless strike."
Tensions have been running high on the Korean Peninsula since the DPRK conducted its third nuclear test on Feb. 12 as countermeasures against U.S.-South Korean joint military drills.
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SEOUL, March 13 (Xinhua) -- South Korean President Park Geun- hye said Wednesday she will resolutely defend country's security to deal with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s threat of military action ,according to the Yonhap news agency.
"But if North Korea seeks changes, (South Korea) will make efforts to give support to the impoverished country," Park said in a speech during a lunch meeting with social elders. She said that the security situation in South Korea is very grave. Full story
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SEOUL, March 12 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's defense ministry on Tuesday dismissed the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) 's repeated threat of military action as "psychological tactics" meant to pressure South Korea and the United States.
"North Korea (DPRK) has been consistently issuing rhetorical threats warning of provocations," defense ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said in a briefing, calling such threats "an attempt to put psychological pressure" on South Korea. Full story
S. Korea urges DPRK not to void armistice agreement
SEOUL, March 12 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) cannot unilaterally nullify the 1953 armistice that suspended the Korean War.
"The terms of the Armistice Agreement cannot be unilaterally rendered invalid or terminated," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Cho Tai-young told reporters in a briefing. "We demand North Korea ( DPRK) withdraw statements that threaten regional peace and stability." Full story