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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
AP

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."

First Published: Dec 27, 2010 08:46 IST