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N. Korea threatens military action if South continues propaganda warfare

2015/08/20 19:52

SEOUL, Aug. 20 (Yonhap) -- North Korea will take military action if South Korea does not stop its anti-Pyongyang propaganda campaign at the border, the communist country warned Thursday after firing an artillery shell into the South.

The warning message issued by the North's general staff department was delivered to the South around 5:00 p.m., about one hour after it fired the shell over the western part of the border, according to the Ministry of National Defense.

"The North side threatened to start military action if the South does not stop its anti-Pyongyang psychological broadcasting and remove all the facilities in 48 hours from 5:00 p.m.," the ministry said, quoting the message from the North.

The country did not admit or apologize for its landmine detonation in the demilitarized zone and went on to call the South's broadcasting a "serious, all-out challenge," the ministry said in a statement.