South Korea will not back down to communist North Korea after it raised global concerns last week with a defiant nuclear test and threats to attack its capitalist neighbour, the South’s president said Saturday.
The U.N. Security Council is looking to punish the reclusive North for its nuclear test which drew international condemnation, while a South Korean daily said U.S. officials are moving to clamp down on the impoverished state’s meagre international finances.
“There is no reason to fear as we have a strong defence … There should be no doubt that there will be no compromise against things that threaten our people and security,” President Lee Myung-bak said in address to mark the South’s Memorial Day.
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North Korea, which launched a barrage off short-range missiles last week, appears to be readying to test a long-range rocket that could hit U.S. territory.
Pyongyang’s official media KCNA reiterated a warning of “strong action” Saturday, blaming the South for increasing military tension.