April 1, 2013
South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Monday instructed the military to strongly respond to possible provocation by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) without any political considerations.
“If any provocation is made against our people and the country, (the military) should strongly respond (to the provocation) in an early stage without any other political considerations,” Yonhap News Agency quoted Park as saying at the annual policy briefing by the Defense Ministry.
Park said she “sees the recent DPRK’s threat very seriously,” mentioning the nullification of non-aggression pact, the cut-off of the military communications line and the repeated war threats.
On Saturday, Pyongyang warned that if South Korea continues to insult its northern neighbor’s dignity, it will shut down their joint industrial park located in the DPRK’s border city of Kaesong. The announcement came just hours after the DPRK said it had entered “a state of war” against South Korea, which once again escalated tensions on the Koran Peninsula after Pyongyang conducted its third nuclear test on Feb. 12.