29 Jun '11, 2am

North Korea threatens 'sacred war' on South - AFP

North Korea threatens 'sacred war' on South - AFP

SEOUL: North Korea on Wednesday accused the South of slander and threatened to launch "a retaliatory sacred war" as the two sides prepared to hold rare talks on a stalled joint tourism project. A Pyongyang government spokesman accused the South's frontline army units of displaying slogans slandering the North's "army, system and dignity" and said they were "little short of a clear declaration of war". The unidentified spokesman, in a statement on the official news agency, vowed to respond to any provocations with a "merciless retaliatory sacred war". The nature of the allegedly insulting slogans was unclear. The North made similar threats when South Korean reservists were found to be using pictures of Pyongyang's ruling Kim dynasty as rifle-range targets. That practice has been stopped. Tensions have been high for well over a year, since the South accused the North of torp...

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