N.Korea threatens to turn S.Korea into ‘debris’
S.KOREA: North Korea threatened Tuesday to turn South Korea into
“debris” in an unusually strong statement that demanded Seoul halt what
the communist state called its policy of confrontation.
It was issued amid worsening relations between the Koreas, with the
North angry about anti-Pyongyang leaflets floated across the border by
activists and defector groups based in the South.
Pyongyang has also complained about reports by South Korean media
over the health of its leader Kim Jong-Il, who is said to have suffered
“The puppet authorities (Seoul) had better bear in mind that the
advanced pre-emptive strike of our own style will reduce everything...
to debris, not just setting them on fire,” the North’s military said.
“It will turn out to be a just war... to build an independent
reunified state on it,” it added in a statement carried by the state
The military warned it would take “resolute practical action” if the
South pursued its “confrontational racket” by spreading leaflets and
conducting a smear campaign “with sheer fabrications.”
It described its pre-emptive capability as “beyond imagination,
relying on striking means more powerful than a nuclear weapon.” The
statement was issued by a spokesman for North Korea’s delegation to
military talks with the South. The latest round was held Monday at their
At those talks, the North again threatened to evict South Koreans
from the Kaesong joint industrial complex unless Seoul stops the
The North’s military warned of a “total severance” of relations with
the South if the conservative government in Seoul did not respect summit
Its army reckoned to be 1.1 million strong was “a powerful military
guarantee for the crucial decision to be made by our side,” it added.
North Korea has already cut almost all official contacts with Seoul
since President Lee Myung-Bak took office in February and adopted a
tougher stance on cross-border ties.
They contained messages urging North Koreans to rise up against Kim,
whom they described as a “murderous” dictator, and repeated claims that
he suffers from paralysis following a reported stroke in August.
The two Koreas have remained technically at war since the 1950-53
conflict on the peninsula ended only in an armistice.
SEOUL, Tuesday, AFP