North Korea lambastes South’s new defence chief

North Korea accuses the South of causing "extreme" tension on the peninsula.

Last Updated: Dec 05, 2010, 12:39 PM IST

Seoul: North Korea has lambasted South Korea`s new defence chief for threatening to launch air strikes against the North and accused the South of causing "uncontrollable, extreme" tension on the peninsula.

South Korea`s Defence Minister Kim Kwan-jin told a confirmation hearing on Friday that jets would bomb the North if it stages another attack like the shelling on a front-line island that killed four South Koreans.

The North`s official Korean Central News Agency issued a statement on Sunday accusing the South of staging a series of "frantic provocations" including the defence minister`s remarks.
It says those actions "are rapidly driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to an uncontrollable extreme phase”.

Bureau Report