via Press TV: A senior North Korean official has vowed to launch a "very strong military counteraction" if the South Korean government fails to halt broadcasts of anti-Pyongyang propaganda.
"If South Korea does not respond to our ultimatum, our military counteraction will be inevitable, and that counteraction will be very strong," Pyongyang's Deputy UN Ambassador An Myong Hun told reporters on Friday in New York.
According to reports, loudspeakers (pictured) have been broadcasting propaganda messages against Pyongyang across the border since August 10. South Korea had suspended broadcasting anti-Pyongyang messages through loudspeakers since 2004.
Seoul re-launched the mudslinging campaign following a landmine explosion that severely injured two South Korean soldiers who were patrolling the inter-Korean demilitarized zone. North Korea has denied the accusation that it had planted the mines.
The tensions on the troubled peninsula are running high since Thursday when South Korea fired dozens of shells across the border into North Korea in retaliation for an apparent Pyongyang rocket attack.
“The resumption of the broadcasting is a direct action of declaring a war against the DPRK (North Korea),” the Front Command of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) said on August 15 in a statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
The agency said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had ordered the frontline to “enter a wartime state” as of Friday 5:00 pm (0800 GMT). The troops should be “fully battle-ready to launch surprise operations” while the entire frontline should be placed in a “semi-war state."