Pyongyang responds to Seoul’s provocations at border


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday declared the country’s front-line troops on a war footing, after tensions with South Korea soared following an exchange of fire at the border.

Such threats from Pyongyang are common, but this time the declaration came after South Korea fired dozens of artillery rounds towards the North on Thursday.

The South Korean fire had come after the North had shelled across the border to protest against anti-Pyongyang broadcasts by Seoul.

North Korea outlined an ultimatum Friday to its southern neighbor: Stop the “provocations” and “psychological warfare” or pay the price. “If South Korea does not respond to our ultimatum,” North Korean U.N. ambassador An Myong Hun told reporters, “our military counteraction will be inevitable and that counteraction will be very strong.”

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