Seoul: North Korea`s state media warned
today that "no-one can predict the ensuing consequences" if a
US carrier group goes ahead with a planned drill with South
Korea in the Yellow Sea.
The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) statement came
days after the hardline communist regime sharply heightened
regional tensions with an artillery attack that killed two
marines and two civilians on a South Korean border island.
The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier the USS George
Washington and its battle group plans four days of exercises
from tomorrow with a flotilla of South Korean warships in a
show of force meant to deter Pyongyang.
The KCNA report labelled the United States "the
arch-criminal who orchestrated the recent military clash", in
which South Korea on Tuesday returned artillery fire at the
The report repeated Pyongyang`s claim that it attacked
in response to South Korea conducting a military exercise that
lobbed shells into waters that the North regime regards as its
The KCNA report argued that its own "counter-shelling"
was "a resolute and proper retaliation against the reckless
military provocation of the enemy", and argued that the US was
then quick to take advantage of the clash.
"No sooner had the Yeonpyeong incident occurred than
the US announced that it would stage joint naval exercises
with the south Korean puppet forces with nuclear-powered
carrier George Washington," the report said.
It went on to warn: "If the US brings its carrier to
the West Sea of Korea at last, no one can predict the ensuing
consequences", using the Korean term for the Yellow Sea.
KCNA also said two civilian deaths from its artillery
strike on the South were "if true... very regrettable" but
also charged they had been used as "human shields" by being
placed near artillery positions.