South Korea warns North of strong response if attacked
Joseph Earnest April
Media SEOUL—South Korean President Park Geun-hye has warned North Korea that any
provocation will be met with a "strong response," after Pyongyang said
it was in a state of war with Seoul.
"If there is any provocation against South Korea and its people, there
should be a strong response in initial combat without any political
considerations," Park said at a meeting with the country’s senior
military and security officials on Monday. The President also said that she "sees the recent (North Korea’s) threats very seriously."
South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-Jin also said at the
meeting that Seoul would target the North’s nuclear and missile
facilities if hostilities erupted.
"We will... establish a so-called 'active deterrence' aimed
at neutralizing the North's nuclear and missile threats quickly," the
The remarks came a day after the United States sent F-22
stealth fighter jets to South Korea in order to join military drills
with Seoul amid escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula. On Saturday, Pyongyang announced that it is in a "state of war"
with South Korea, warning that any provocation by Seoul and Washington
will trigger an all-out nuclear war.
Pyongyang said henceforth “the North-South relations will be
entering a state of war and all issues raised between the North and the
South will be handled accordingly."
Pyongyang also warned that if Washington and Seoul launched a
preemptive attack, the conflict "will not be limited to a local war, but
develop into an all-out war, a nuclear war."
The warnings came days after South Korea and the US signed a
new military pact in response to what they called even low-level
provocations by Pyongyang.