North Korea threatens 'merciless' retaliation against South

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August 15, 2010 13:25

 
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North Korea warned the South on Sunday it would stage a "merciless" retaliation against the joint South Korean-US military maneuvers planned this week.

The North Korean military added that their retaliation would be "the severest punishment no one has ever met in the world," and a "merciless counterblow to US imperialists and the Lee Myung-bak group of traitors."

The statement followed comments by South Korea's president earlier Sunday calling on the North to embrace "courageous change" toward peace.

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