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N. Korea vows military strike against South

Published on Oct 19, 2012 1:36 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - The North Korean army vowed on Friday to launch a "merciless military strike" if activists in the South go ahead with plans to scatter propaganda leaflets from balloons floated over the border next week.

"The moment a minor movement for the scattering is captured... a merciless military strike by the Western Front will be put into practice without warning," the Korean People's Army said in a statement.

The statement, carried on the official Korean Central News Agency, warned residents in the area where the activists plan to launch their balloons to "evacuate in anticipation of possible damage".