N. Korea Threatens to ‘Strike South Korea Mercilessly’

North Korea sent a fax to South Korea on Thursday, threatening to “strike mercilessly without notice” after protests against the secretive regime this week in Seoul.

The message warned that North Korea would strike if “the provocation against our highest dignity is to be repeated in the downtown of Seoul.”

Earlier this week, on the second anniversary of the death of former North Korean leader, Kim Jong Il, conservative protesters rallied in Seoul, burning effigies of the country’s leaders as well as its flag. Such protests are common during North Korean festivals and anniversaries.

The South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense said it sent a response.

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