SEOUL, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- South Korea decided to set up the standing committee and secretariat of its National Security Council (NSC) to regularize security meetings amid rising threats from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the country's top presidential aide in charge of security and foreign affairs said Friday.
"The NSC's standing committee and secretariat will be established after revising the NSC act," Ju Chul-ki, chief presidential secretary for foreign affairs and security, said at an emergency briefing, according to the statement by the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.
Ju said that tensions escalated on the Korean Peninsula as the DPRK threatened to strike South Korea without any advance notice, noting that grave situations lasted after the execution of Jang Song-Thaek, uncle of DPRK leader Kim Jong Un.
DPRK threatens to attack S. Korea without warning
SEOUL, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has threatened to attack South Korea without any advance notice responding to anti-Pyongyang rallies on the second death anniversary of its leader Kim Jong-il earlier this week, South Korea's defense ministry said Friday.
South Korea's National Security Council on Thursday received a fax from the DPRK's National Defense Commission through the western coastal military hotline, in which Pyongyang threatened to strike the South "without any notice." Full story
News Analysis: Kaesong complex looks to future, despite Jang's execution
SEOUL, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Kaesong industrial complex, jointly run by South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), is operating normally and seeking foreign investment, despite the execution of Jang Song Thaek, the once-powerful uncle of DPRK leader Kim Jong Un.
Around 30 foreigners, including finance officials from Group of 20 (G20) member countries and experts from the Asia Development Bank and the Bank for International Settlement, visited the quiet, peaceful-looking complex, along with foreign and local media reporters Thursday after Pyongyang approved the rare cross-border trip. Full story