South Korea ready to respond to further "provocations" as North's deadline looms




 
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South Korea ready to respond to further "provocations" as North's deadline looms
 
August 22nd, 2015  
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Topic: South Korea ready to respond to further "provocations" as North's deadline looms


South Korea ready to respond to further "provocations" as North's deadline looms
By Ju-min Park and Sohee Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea stands ready to respond to further provocations from North Korea, the presidential Blue House said on Saturday, as an ultimatum loomed for Seoul to halt anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts by late afternoon or face military action. Tension on the Korean peninsula has been running high after an exchange of artillery fire on Thursday, prompting calls for calm from the United Nations, the United States and the North's lone major ally, China. North Korea, technically still at war with the South after their 1950-53 civil conflict ended in a truce, not a treaty, has declared a "quasi-state of war" in front-line areas and set a deadline of 5 p.m. Pyongyang time for Seoul to halt the broadcasts from loudspeakers along the border.




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