The North has a history of bluffing, but in 2010, its military did shell a border island that killed four South Koreans.
The threat comes on the heels of a Tuesday Security Council resolution to sanction North Korea for its Dec. 12 missile test. In response, North Korea affirmed it would bolster its nuclear capabilities, despite international pressures — and would target its next test at the United States. On Thursday, South Korea issued a strongly worded statement condemning North Korea.
“President-elect Park [Geun-hye] makes it clear that North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and further provocations against the South will not be tolerated,” South Korean ambassador Rhee In-je said, according to the Associated Press, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday. “In particular, she strongly urges North Korea to refrain from further worsening the situation by conducting a third nuclear test.”
North Korea did not specify what shape the “physical countermeasures” might take.
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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