End Times News Update
Sign: Rumors of War
Scripture: Matthew 24:6
News Source: My Way News
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N. Korea: Preemptive strike from South would be war

Jan 23, 10:58 PM (ET)
By KWANG-TAE KIM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – North Korea warned Sunday it would consider
any preemptive strike by South Korea a declaration of war – the latest
salvo in a battle of rhetoric even as the rival nations showed signs
of cooperating after months of tension over the North’s nuclear
program.

The North’s military also said it would take prompt and decisive
military action against any South Korean attempt to violate North
Korea’s dignity and sovereignty and would blow up major targets in the
South.

The two Koreas technically remain at war because the Korean conflict
ended with a 1953 cease-fire that has never been replaced with a peace
treaty.

“Our revolutionary armed forces will regard the scenario for
‘preemptive strike,’ which the South Korean puppet authorities adopted
as a ‘state policy,’ as an open declaration of war,” the General Staff
of the Korean People’s Army said in a statement carried by the
country’s official Korean Central News Agency.

The North’s warning came in response to the South Korean defense
minister’s remarks last week that the South should launch a preemptive
strike on North Korea if there was a clear indication the country was
preparing a nuclear attack.

Yet the North’s military also renewed in Sunday’s statement the
country’s commitment to improve inter-Korean relations in an apparent
gesture to try to win economic aid from the South.

The isolated communist regime has been sending conflicting signals,
issuing tough statements even as it has reached out to the U.S. and
South Korea in recent months in what could be an attempt to ease some
of the pressure of U.N. sanctions imposed on the North after it
conducted a nuclear test last year, its second to date.

The North recently threatened to break off dialogue and attack South
Korea in response to media reports that Seoul had assembled a
contingency plan to handle any unrest in the North.

Still, last week, the two Koreas held talks on developing their joint
industrial complex in the North’s border city of Kaesong, the most
prominent symbol of inter-Korean cooperation.

On Friday, the North offered to hold discussions between military
officers in Kaesong this week to discuss border crossings, customs,
and the use of mobile phones and the Internet for South Korean
companies in the complex.

“We are reviewing the proposal,” South Korea’s Unification Ministry
spokesman Chun Hae-sung said Saturday. It is not unusual for both
sides to take a few days to reply to requests from the other.

More than 110 South Korean factories at Kaesong employ some 42,000
North Korean workers to make everything from electronics and watches
to shoes and utensils, providing a major source of revenue for the
cash-strapped North.

Source: My Way News
URL:
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20100124/D9DDSAJO0.html

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