South Korea warns North against further `provocation’
Defense Minister, Han Min-koo, in a statement said if the DPRK’s provocative actions’ continued the South Korean military `will sternly and severely retaliate and make the DPRK pay harsh prices’.
Han said that South Korea and the U.S. which have been maintaining close coordination, would deter any DPRK provocations.
His statement came as Pyongyang on Thursday gave south Korea Saturday deadline to stop airing its `propaganda’ broadcasts in border or face military actions.
South Korea resumed the psychological warfare from Aug. 10 as two South Korean soldiers were maimed on Aug. 4 by landmines, which Seoul claimed were planted by DPRK forces.
Pyongyang denied any role in the incident.
On Thursday, the two Koreas exchanged fires across border over the propaganda broadcasts, which the DPRK has called `a declaration of war.’
Citing the mines blast and the shelling by the DPRK, Han said that those were `criminal acts’ which were in violation of the armistice agreement and non- aggression treaty.
He said the propaganda broadcasts were an appropriate response to the DPRK’s landmine provocation, blaming the aggravated tensions on the Korean Peninsula on the DPRK provocations.
Reports from Pyongyang DPRK leader, Kim Jong Un has ordered the country’s front line combined forces to enter state of war from 5p.m. local time on Friday.