Military tensions and international worries are growing as North Korea and South Korea exchanged new threats on Friday just a day after a shots were fired across the demilitarized zone along the border that separates the two countries.
State media reported on Friday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared his frontline troops were now in a “quasi-state of war” with South Korea as he ordered them to prepare for battle if leaders in Seoul refused to remove large loudspeakers set up along the border which blast pro-South Korean messages.
“The Korean People’s Army (KPA) front-line large combined units entered into a wartime state all at once, fully armed to launch surprise operations, and wound up their preparedness for action,” the North’s Korean Central News Agency said in an English-language dispatch.
The young North Korean leader, while speaking to his Central Military Commission (CMC), also said his troops would be in a “fully armed state of war” beginning at 5 pm on Friday, according to the KCNA.
In response to the report of those comments, South Korea’s defense minister, Han Minkoo warned North Korea it would face “searing” consequences if it instigated further military actions.
“This time, we’ll cut off a vicious circle of North Korean provocation,” Minkoo warned, according to the Associated Press.
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