North Korea rejects South’s accusation of mine plantation along border
Iran Press TV
Aug 14, 2015 12:51PM
North Korea has rejected the accusations by South Korea claiming that the mines that recently targeted and wounded two South Korean soldiers along the border between the two countries had been planted by North Korean forces.
“If our army really needed to achieve a military purpose, we would have used strong firearms, not three mines,” the National Defense Commission (NDC) of North Korea said on Friday.
Seoul has blamed Pyongyang for a landmine explosion that wounded two members of a South Korean soldiers patrolling along the inter-Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ) earlier this month.
South Korea has threatened the North with retaliation, saying that Pyongyang would pay a “harsh price” for the attack.
In a separate development this week, after a decade-long break, Seoul has resumed broadcasting loud propaganda messages into North Korea using powerful speakers along the border.
Additionally, Seoul has started a series of heavy-weaponry, live-fire military drills with the United States near its border with the North.
Tensions were already running high between the two Koreas ahead of the two-week long South Korea-US military exercises, which simulate responses to an invasion by North Korea.
On Thursday, North Korea described the annual joint military maneuver as a “declaration of war” against Pyongyang.
‘Sea of fire’
North Korea has condemned the South for letting activists launch propaganda leaflets across its southern borders toward its towns.
The NDC on Friday threatened to turn Seoul into a “sea of fire” if its “puppet forces” did not stop launching propaganda leaflets across the border.
“The puppet forces should not forget even a moment that the whole of South Korea might turn into a sea of fire due to the foolhardy leaflet-scattering operations,” the NDC warned in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
The warning came hours after South Korean police blocked activists from launching leaflets into the North.
However, Park Sang-hak, who is the head of a group of alleged defectors from North Korea, claimed the group had already managed to launch some 200,000 leaflets during the early hours of Friday.
In October last year, North Korea border guards attempted to shoot down helium balloons, which led to a brief exchange of heavy machine-gun fire between the two sides.
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