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N. Korea threatens to turn presidential office into 'sea of fire'

2013/11/22 10:42

SEOUL, Nov. 22 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Friday threatened to turn South Korea's presidential office into a "sea of fire" if Seoul tries again to provoke the communist country.

In a statement released by the headquarters of the North's southwestern front command of the Korean People's Army (KPA), Pyongyang, citing President Park Geun-hye by name, said if the South again dares to provoke the DPRK, the country's armed forces will not miss the opportunity to show their unhesitant resolve.

The DPRK stands for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the North's official name.

The announcement comes a day before the three year anniversary of the North's shelling of a South Korean island in the Yellow Sea.

The attack on Yeonpyeong Island -- the first military action against a South Korean territory since the 1950-53 Korean War -- left four people dead, including two civilians.

The same command made the same "sea of fire" threat in Nov. 21, 2012.

"Three years ago the retaliation was limited to Yeonpyeong, but in the future it will include the presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae and other centers of the puppet South Korean government," said the statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency.

The KPA command, which is responsible for units facing the sea demarcation line in the Yellow Sea, claimed that if Seoul has forgotten the "crushing defeat" it received in the past, it will face greater tragedy for making any kind of impudent provocations.

On South Korea's move to mark the Yeonpyeong shelling with a remembrance ceremony on Saturday, the southwestern front argued that Seoul is trying to make it look as if the North started the attack.

"The South is trying to sway public opinion and (distort the real reason) why the shelling took place," the statement said. The North has claimed that it was the South that started the artillery dual by first firing into its territory.

yonngong@yna.co.kr

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