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Will strike South, says North Korea

world Updated: Oct 19, 2012 23:45 IST

The North Korean army threatened on Friday to carry out a “merciless military strike” against South Korea next week, in a serious escalation of cross-border tensions.

The Korean People’s Army (KPA) vowed to initiate the strike if a group of North Korean defectors now living in the South went ahead with plans to scatter propaganda leaflets next Monday from balloons floated over the border.

“The moment a minor movement for the scattering is captured... a merciless military strike by the Western Front will be put into practice without warning,” the KPA said in a statement carried on the official Korean Central News Agency.

Meanwhile, South Korea will strike back if it is attacked by North Korea, defence minister Kim Kwan-jin said here Friday, shortly after Pyongyang renewed threats of attacks.

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