Monday, July 4, 2011

South Korea on guard following North Korean threats

South Korea is closely watching North Korea's military after it warned of "merciless" retaliation for anti-Pyongyang slogans displayed by Seoul's frontline troops, the defence ministry said Thursday.

The North's government and military this week lambasted the South's troops for displaying slogans heaping "malignant slanders and calumnies at the army, system and dignity" of the communist state.

Pyongyang late Wednesday revealed details of a warning message it tried to send to the South's presidential Blue House through Panmunjom, the cross-border contact venue, after Seoul refused to accept it.

According to local news media, some frontline military units were displaying harshly worded slogans calling for death to the North's leader Kim Jong-Il and his youngest son and heir apparent, Jong-Un.

Defaming the Kims, the object of a Stalinist-style personality cult, is considered blasphemy in the isolated communist state. (read more)