North Korea Threatens To Reduce South Korea ‘To Ashes’ In Less Than 4 Minutes
In an unusually specific statement released by the Hermit Country, North Korea’s military threatened their South Korean neighbors as they vowed to reduce S. Korea “to ashes” in less than 4 minutes. The report came amidst regular N. Korean state television as a special report interrupted regularly scheduled programming to allow the North Korean military to threaten to:
“Reduce all the rat-like groups and the bases for provocations to ashes in three or four minutes, [or] in much shorter time, by unprecedented peculiar means and methods of our own style.”
Their threat, which was picked up and reported on by ABC News, comes at a time when the North has been castigated by S. Korean President Lee Myung-bak and administration for criticizing a new cruise missile capable of striking anywhere in S. Korea.
South Korean Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Hyung-suk was quoted by the AP having said:
“We urge North Korea to immediately stop this practice. We express deep concern that the North’s threats and accusations have worsened inter-Korean ties and heightened tensions.”
Contrary to N. Korea’s remarks, China‘s senior official on foreign policy praised Kim Jong Un’s leadership during a meeting with a North Korean delegation in Beijing, which took place on Sunday. The meeting comes after the failed rocket launch attempt by North Korea on April 13. United States officials believe that the North’s self-proclaimed attempt to launch a satellite into space is in reality a guise for a ballistic missile test as the country attempts to further enhance its’ military strength and capabilities.