North Korea seeks diplomats' backing

2015-08-21 12:20
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un attending an emergency enlarged meeting of the Workers' Party of Korea. (KNS, KCNA, AFP)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un attending an emergency enlarged meeting of the Workers' Party of Korea. (KNS, KCNA, AFP)

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Seoul - A senior North Korean military officer has held a rare "emergency situation briefing" for diplomats and military attaches in Pyongyang to seek their support for an ultimatum demanding that South Korea immediately stop anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts across the demilitarised zone or face military retaliation.

Kim Yong Chol, director of the general reconnaissance bureau of the North Korean army, said all frontline units are on full war readiness and citizens are now in a "quasi-state of war."

The North has given the South until 17:00. North Korean time on Saturday to stop the broadcasts and remove the loudspeakers or suffer what it says will be severe military consequences.

Kim urged the diplomats not to believe what he called "baseless fabrications" that the North tried to destroy a loudspeaker on the southern side of the DMZ with a rocket on Thursday.

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