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N. Korea threatens S. Korean activists

Published on Jul 31, 2012 8:59 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea on Tuesday described a South Korean activist who was detained and allegedly tortured by China as a "wicked traitor" and threatened to punish him and other Seoul activists whom it named.

It accused them of involvement in alleged US and South Korean plots to blow up statues of past leaders and stage other acts of "terrorism" in the North.

Offenders "will not be safe no matter where they are and they will not be able to escape merciless punishment", said a statement in the name of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK).

In recent months the North has repeatedly threatened the South's government and also its conservative media for perceived insults to its regime.

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