Casino67 Posted August 22, 2015 Share Posted August 22, 2015 : SEOUL/WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Aug. 22 (Yonhap) -- North Korea warned Saturday it is prepared to go to "all-out war," further heightening tensions with South Korea in the wake of an exchange of artillery fire, as the Pyongyang-set deadline for defusing the crisis is approaching fast. The North's foreign ministry issued the warning, claiming once again that the country never started Thursday's exchange of fire with the South and accusing Seoul of fabricating the allegations that the communist nation fired first. "The army and people of the DPRK are poised not to just counteract or make any retaliation but not to rule out an all-out war to protect the social system, their own choice, at the risk of their lives," the North said in a statement carried by the country's official Korean Central News Agency. The current situation has "reached the brink of war" and "is now hardly controllable," it said. Apparently referring to China's call for restraint on both sides, the North said it has exercised "our self-restraint for decades," adding, "Now no one's talk about self-restraint is helpful to putting the situation under control." The statement is the latest in a series of harsh war threats from Pyongyang Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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