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North Korea warns of 'strike' over South propaganda leaflets

By - Reuters | October 19th 2012

North Korea has threatened to open fire on South Korean territory if activists send propaganda leaflets across the border next week.

The military said it would respond with a "merciless military strike" if the leaflets were dropped on Monday.

It warned residents in the area where activists will launch the balloons carrying the leaflets to evacuate.

Activists have sent leaflets on many past occasions. North Korea condemns the move but specific threats are rare.

This warning comes a day after South Korean President Lee Myung-bak visited a border island shelled by North Korea two years ago.

"The moment a minor movement for the scattering is captured... a merciless military strike by the Western Front will be put into practice without warning," the military said in a statement carried by KCNA news agency.

- Reuters


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