Norks threaten Seoul over military exercises

NY Times:
North Korea warned on Thursday that any military clash on a disputed maritime border could escalate into an attack on the presidential office in Seoul, threatening to engulf the South Korean leadership “in a sea of fire.”
The threat came one day after South Korea conducted military drills near Yeonpyeong, a front-line island west of Seoul. The display of firepower was timed to mark the first anniversary of the North Korean artillery attack on Yeonpyeong, which killed two marines and two civilians.
North Korea called the drills “a renewed political and military provocation.”
“If one single shot drops in our sacred waters and territory again, the sea of fire on Yeonpyeong-do will spread to a sea of fire on the Blue House, and that deluge of fire will sweep away the stronghold of the group of traitors,” the Supreme Command of the North’s People’s Army said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.
The Blue House is the office of President Lee Myung-bak in Seoul. Mr. Lee’s office had no immediate comment on the threat.
North Korea often issues strident rhetoric when the American or South Korean militaries conduct drills on the peninsula. But its pointed mention of Mr. Lee’s office testified to the simmering tensions between the two Koreas.
The Norks have taken bluster to an art form.  Their threats are pretty absurd considering all the South Koreans they have killed in their own military exercises.  If North Korea starts a war over the South's military exercises it will be the end of the despotic regime of North Korea.


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