North Korea on Monday threatened to launch "a holy retaliatory war" against President Lee Myung-bak and the South Korean press unless they apologize for casting aspersion on a big propaganda event.
The North's official KCNA news agency said the General Staff of the People's Army unveiled the map coordinates of the conservative Chosun Ilbo, Donga Ilbo and Joongang Ilbo, hinting at the possibility of targeted attacks.
"The South Korean media are unequivocally criticizing the grand ceremony celebrating the 66th anniversary of North Korean Children's Union in Pyongyang and are engaging in new vicious defamations of our highest dignity," the military command said. "If they recklessly challenge the rage of our military, we will answer with our own merciless, holy war of retaliation."
Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Hyung-suk told reporters the government takes the threat seriously because it mentions specific map coordinates. But a military official said, "We haven't noticed any unusual movements in connection with the threat" but South Korean and U.S. forces are watching the North Korean military closely.