Language Sites
  • UCAN China
  • UCAN India
  • UCAN Indonesia
  • UCAN Vietnam

North steps up anti-Seoul rhetoric

Vows short sharp 'special actions' against South's Lee and 'rat-like traitors'

North steps up anti-Seoul rhetoric
Korea Broadcasting System, one of media designated as its targets by North Korea

April 24, 2012

Mail This Article
(For more than one recipient, type addresses separated by commas)

North Korea threatened yesterday to take “special actions” against the South’s leaders and conservative media in an unusually strong statement, raising tensions even further on the divided peninsula. The threats come in response to the South’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 office” of Kim. The South also said there were indications that the North was preparing to stage a third nuclear test. According to the North’s Korean Central News Agency (KNCA), Pyongyang will “meet the reckless challenge of the group of traitors” with “special actions.” The targets it said will be South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and the ruling elite as well as the conservative media. “They 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,” 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.   Related reports North Korean rocket launch fails      
UCAN needs your support to continue our independent journalism
Access to UCAN stories is completely free of charge - however it costs a significant amount of money to provide our unique content. UCAN relies almost entirely on donations from our readers and donor organizations that support our mission. If you are a regular reader and are able to support us financially, please consider making a donation. Click here to donate now.

Related Reports