N. Korean troops boast of attacks on South

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Despite high tension, analyst Paik Hak-soon at the private Sejong Institute think tank near Seoul said North Korea probably won’t provoke the South again ahead of a planned summit between President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao on Jan. 19.

Defense chiefs of South Korea and China are to meet in Beijing in February to discuss regional security issues.

South Korea, meanwhile, has decided not to resume calling North Korea its “main enemy” in a defense white paper to be issued in coming weeks, a Defense Ministry official said Sunday, requesting anonymity because of department rules. He said South Korea will use a different description clearly showing North Korea is the enemy but gave no further details.

Conservatives have called on the Defense Ministry to restore the “main enemy” reference it had stopped using in 2004 amid then-warming ties with the North.

The two Koreas are still technically at war because their conflict in the early 1950s ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. In recent years, several bloody naval skirmishes have occurred near their disputed western sea border — drawn by the United Nations at the close of the Korean War.

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