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SKorea leader says no fear of war with North

South Korea's president has vowed a relentless retaliation against North Korea if provoked again, saying he is not afraid of a war with the communist North.

world Updated: Dec 27, 2010 08:48 IST

South Korea's president has vowed a relentless retaliation against North Korea if provoked again, saying he is not afraid of a war with the communist North.

The two Koreas have ramped up their rhetoric since North Korea shelled a front-line island last month, killing four South Koreans. Both sides accuse each other of provoking first.

President Lee Myung-bak said in a regular radio address on Monday that South Korea's military "must respond relentlessly" to any new North Korean attacks.

Lee said, "Fear of war is never helpful in preventing war."