Pyongyang threatened to turn Seoul and Washington into “seas of fire” through a “precise nuclear strike” a day after one of its generals said on television that it could walk away from the 1953 armistice agreement that halted the Korean War.
In response, the operations chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said if North Korea stages an attack, the South Korean military will retaliate against the source of any attacks and also the leaders who ordered them.
“If the U.S. imperialists wield their weapons, we will turn not only Seoul but also Washington into seas of fire with our own measures for a precise nuclear strike,” Jong Hyon-il, a brigadier general, was quoted in the article.
In the article printed in the Rodong Sinmun yesterday, Jon Yong-nam, head of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League, was quoted as saying, “I will wave the flag of the DPRK [North Korea] on the ridge of Mount Halla, Jeju Island.”
North Korea’s previous claim was that former leader Kim Jong-il would someday bring the North Korean flag to Jeju Island as “President of Unification,” suggesting an absorption of South Korea by the communist North.
Full article: North threatens South with nukes (Korean JoongAng Daily)