December 24, 2010 08:55
North Korea's Minister of the People's Armed Forces Kim Yong-chun on Thursday hinted darkly at a nuclear attack on South Korea, saying, "Our revolutionary armed forces are fully ready to start a sacred war based on the nuclear deterrent at a time we deem necessary."
Kim was speaking during a meeting at the April 25 Cultural Hall in Pyongyang to mark the anniversary of leader Kim Jong-il becoming supreme commander 19 years ago.
"If the U.S. imperialists and their followers should ignite an all-out war, our revolutionary armed forces will annihilate the aggressors and their strongholds, to remove the root of war and achieve the historic cause of the fatherland's reunification," the official Korean Central Broadcasting Station quoted him as saying.
Kim claimed South Korea "launched a military provocation by firing artillery shells consecutively during an exercise for an aggressive war in the West Sea. This shows that the enemy's aggressive plan aimed at igniting a second Korean War has now entered a practical stage."
He repeated the North will "not hesitate to strike" if the enemy "invades even 0.001mm of its sky, land and sea."
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