North Korea issued threat via fax to South Korea on Thursday in response to anti-Pyongyang rallies in Seoul on the anniversary of the death of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.
The North Korea National Defence Commission sent the threat to South Korea's National Security Council from Pyongyang, which is upset about recent anti-North Korea demonstrations in Seoul. The North threatened to launch a "merciless" strike "without notice" against their neighbors to the South, according to United Press International
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Such attacks would be sent if "the provocation against our highest dignity is to be repeated in the downtown of Seoul," the threat continued.
In response, South Korea informed the North that it would "sternly react" to any aggression, UPI said.
At anti-Pyongyang rallies in Seoul, some protesters burned effigies of three generations of North Korean leadership, including current dictator Kim Jong-un.
Pyongyang said this amounted to "repeated extra-large provocations to North Korea's highest dignity," South Korea defense ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok told The Wall Street Journal
North Korea has regularly threatened strikes against the south, as well as the U.S. The South Korean capital city of Seoul, with a population of more than 10 million, is within range of North Korea's artillery positioned along the heavily armed border.
Earlier this month, the North Korean state news agency announced the execution of Kim Jong-un's uncle, Jang Song-thaek
, who had been Kim's top deputy. The release called him "despicable human scum" and "worse than a dog." The news agency said the North Koreans were angered by charges that Jang violated the trust of Kim Jong-un and his late father, Kim Jong-il.
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