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North Korea leader warns of 'very grave' situation on Korean peninsula

Published on Apr 2, 2014 10:13 AM
South Korean marines stand guard at a guard post on Baengnyeongdo, an island near the border with North Korea, on April 2, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has warned of a "very grave" situation on the Korean peninsula, where soaring military tensions have seen the two Koreas trade artillery fire and Pyongyang threaten a new nuclear test.

In a meeting with top military leaders on Tuesday, Mr Kim blamed Washington and Seoul for the current frictions, saying they had trampled on peace overtures from Pyongyang.

"The current situation is very grave," he was quoted as saying by the North's official KCNA news agency on Wednesday.

Mr Kim, the supreme commander of the Korean People's Army (KPA), told his senior-most officers that despite the North's conciliatory gestures, South Korea and the United States had pushed ahead with joint military drills that Pyongyang views as rehearsals for invasion.

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