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North Korea threatens sacred war

by Jorge Hernandez on December 23, 2010

North Korea resumed nuclear war threats aimed at South Korea on Thursday after the South performed a large-scale set of land and air military exercises 15 miles away from the shared border.

"The revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) are getting fully prepared to launch a sacred war of justice of Korean style based on the nuclear deterrent at anytime necessary," North Korean defense minister Kim Yong Chun said on the state-run Korean Central News Agency. Chun referred to the South's "grave military provocation" that has led to what he considers a tipping point in the aggressions that may lead to another Korean War.

South Korea staged drills from Yeonpyeong Island on Monday and continued practicing naval exercises for the next three days, concluding with the large-scale drill on Thursday, the New York Times reports.

According to CNN, the drills involved at least 800 armed forces, jets and missiles as well as more than 100 different weapons.

Following the announcement on Thursday, South Korean president Lee Myung-bak quickly responded to the threats by promising a counterattack against North Korea should another attack occur.

The historic conflict between the North and South was reignited last March when the North allegedly killed 46 southern soldiers and sank the South Korean warship Cheonan, though it denies such claims. North Korea launched an artillery shell attack last month on Yeonpeong Island, a small South Korean fishing village, claiming South Korea had fired into northern waters.

"The situation is still a tinderbox. There's still enormous tension, enormous mistrust and I believe diplomacy is what is needed to get us out of this tinderbox," New Mexico governor Bill Richardson told the Associated Press after traveling to the region. He added that the current tensions are "the worst [he has] ever seen on the peninsula."

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