North Korea accused South Korea Tuesday of being gripped by war hysteria and said the situation on the peninsula has reached “an unpredictable stage.”
Rodong Sinmun, official daily of the ruling communist party, blasted the South’s President Lee Myung-Bak as a “reckless and arrogant traitor.”
“The situation on the Korean peninsula is being driven to an unpredictable stage,” the newspaper said in a commentary entitled “(The South) is seeking to ignite a nuclear war.”
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Such comments have appeared for months as ties soured, but they follow an unusually strongly worded message from the North’s military at the weekend.
The South’s military ordered a border alert Saturday after a spokesman for the North’s army General Staff said it would adopt an “all-out confrontational posture” against Seoul.