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North steps up anti-Seoul rhetoric
Vows short sharp 'special actions' against South's Lee and 'rat-like traitors'Korea Broadcasting System, one of media designated as its targets by North Korea
- April 24, 2012
The threats come in response to the Southâ€™s recent condemnation of a failed missile launch and perceived slurs on the regime and new leader Kim Jong-un.
Last week the South Korean army boasted that new missiles "can pinpoint the window of the officeâ€ť of Kim. The South also said there were indications that the North was preparing to stage a third nuclear test.
According to the Northâ€™s Korean Central News Agency (KNCA), Pyongyang will â€śmeet the reckless challenge of the group of traitorsâ€ť with â€śspecial actions.â€ť
The targets it said will be South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and the ruling elite as well as the conservative media.
â€śThey will reduce all the rat-like groups and the bases for provocations to ashes in three or four minutes, in much shorter time, by unprecedented peculiar means and methods of our own style,â€ť the KNCA said.
The threats have worried analysts in the South who say North Korea is now further isolated by the international community in the form of recent the UN Security Council resolution to strengthen sanctions against North Korea after the failure of its missile launch on April 13.
According to Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul, North Korea is attention seeking and looking "to grab the spotlight in front of the US and China by creating a military conflict with South Korea."
Park Jong-chul, director of the Center for Unification Policy Studies, also did not rule out an act of provocation by the North.
Park said the heavy criticism following the failed rocket launch had rattled the leadership.
North Korean rocket launch fails