Seoul – South Korea’s military warned on Monday it would immediately retaliate against North Korea’s “core command forces” for any attack, after a series of threats from the communist state. Seoul’s armed forces held an unscheduled readiness drill on Monday due to a “series of peculiar activities”, a defence ministry spokesperson said.
Cross-border tension has been high since the North’s military on 4 June threatened rocket attacks on the offices of South Korean media outlets for their critical coverage of Pyongyang. Some of the North’s fighter jets flew threateningly close to the border recently, the spokesperson said. Defence Minister Kim Kwan-Jin ordered the drill so the military could
“immediately retaliate against sources of provocations and supporting forces as well as core command forces”, the spokesperson said.
“This is our warning aimed at discouraging the North from daring to provoke us,” he said.
Yonhap news agency said the drill involved the South’s ballistic missile command, front-line artillery units and the air force.