SEOUL — North Korea's military Monday threatened "special actions" soon to turn parts of the South Korean capital to ashes, accusing Seoul's conservative government of defaming its leadership.Read the rest here.
The North has for months been criticising the South's President Lee Myung-Bak in extreme terms and threatening "sacred war" over perceived insults.
There have been no incidents but the language has become increasingly vitriolic. Some analysts said they believe a military provocation is likely.
"The special actions of our revolutionary armed forces will start soon to meet the reckless challenge of the group of traitors," said a statement on the official news agency.
The North said its targets are "the Lee Myung-Bak group of traitors, the arch criminals, and the group of rat-like elements including conservative media destroying the mainstay of the fair public opinion".
It said the actions "will reduce all... to ashes in three or four minutes... by unprecedented peculiar means and methods of our own style".
North Korea would be a joke if it weren't for the fact that they are so delusional they probably believe their own propaganda. One major problem with the North Koreans is that there have never been any meaningful consequences for their outrageous actions in the past. The best way to stop a bully is to give him a bloody nose. But no one has had the nerve to do that despite the most extreme provocations. Sadly all this has done is to encourage the North to ever greater aggression.