North warn­ing over Park ‘trea­son’

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North Korea has claimed that its mil­i­tary is ready to at­tack Seoul’s pres­i­den­tial palace un­less South Korean leader Park Geun-hye apol­o­gises for “trea­son” and pub­licly ex­e­cutes of­fi­cials re­spon­si­ble for what Py­ongyang says are plans to at­tack its lead­er­ship. The warn­ing, is­sued by state me­dia in the name of a unit of the Korean Peo­ple’s Army, is the lat­est in a bar­rage of threats against the US and Seoul over joint mil­i­tary drills now un­der way that the North sees as a dress re­hearsal for invasion. It also came shortly af­ter a North Korean pro­pa­ganda out­let posted a video de­pict­ing a nu­clear at­tack on Wash­ing­ton, DC. The joint mil­i­tary ex­er­cises are held an­nu­ally, but ten­sions are par­tic­u­larly high this year be­cause the drills are big­ger than ever and come on the heels of North Korea’s re­cent nu­clear test and rocket launch. Fur­ther an­ger­ing Py­ongyang are re­ports in South Korean me­dia that this year’s ex­er­cises in­clude sim­u­lated train­ing for a “de­cap­i­ta­tion strike” tar­get­ing North Korea’s top lead­ers. North Korea is be­lieved to have ar­tillery ca­pa­ble of strik­ing Seoul but it is highly un­likely, and Py­ongyang has pre­vi­ously is­sued sim­i­lar threats with­out fol­low­ing through.

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