preventing accidental naval clashes with neighbours South Korea in retaliation
for Seoul blaming Pyongyang for a torpedo attack that sank a South Korean
team of international investigators announced last week that a torpedo fired by
a North Korean submarine tore apart and sank a South Korean warship on March 26,
killing 46 sailors.
any retaliation would mean war.
On Thursday, North Korea’s military said it will
“completely nullify” an inter-Korean accord aimed at preventing accidental armed
skirmishes along the disputed western sea border – a scene of three bloody
maritime battles between the two nations.
Korean ships that intrude into North Korean waters, the country’s military said
in a statement, carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.
personnel and vehicles from entering a joint industrial park in the North Korean
border town of Kaesong – the last remaining major inter-Korean reconciliation
project. It gave no timeframe, however.
staged a large-scale anti-submarine drill off the west coast despite North
Korea’s warnings that such exercises will drive the peninsula to the brink of
1950-53 conflict ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. The US stations
28?500 troops in South Korea, a legacy of the Korean War.
Korea’s second nuclear test in May last year, reports said.
JoongAng Ilbo newspaper, citing an unidentified Seoul official, reported today
that the South Korean-US combined forces command raised their surveillance level
called Watch Condition, up a level from three to two. Level One is the
carrying out punitive measures that range from slashing trade and resuming
propaganda warfare to barring the North’s cargo ships – the strongest it can
implement short of military action.
Korea, wage “all-out counterattacks” against psychological warfare operations
and bar South Korean ships and airliners from its waters and airspace.
and will answer to that with all-out war,” North Korean major-general Pak Chan
Su, a Korean War veteran, told broadcaster APTN in Pyongyang. “This is the firm
standpoint of our People’s Army.”
readiness against any North Korean provocations.
a 3 500-ton destroyer, fired artillery and other naval guns and dropped
anti-submarine bombs off Taean, about 150km south of Seoul, the navy said.
which occurred about 160km to the north, according to the navy.
the US off the west coast next month in a display of force intended to deter
future aggression by North Korea.
yesterday for “driving the situation to the brink of explosion”.
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