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North Korea threatened a “roar of revenge” against South Korean President Lee Myung Bak

North Korea threatened a “roar of revenge” against South Korean President Lee Myung Bak
North Korea threatened a “roar of revenge” against South Korean President Lee Myung Bak

North Korea threatened a “roar of revenge” against South Korean President Lee Myung Bak, ahead of New Year messages by both sides that analysts say will focus on inter-Korean relations and that moreover, warned the world not to expect change from the regime under new leader Kim Jong Un.

The National Defense Commission stated in a statement carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency today, Lee had provoked North Korea by raising security alerts and refusing to send an official mission to pay condolences after the death of Kim Jong Il. The release came a day after the North ended a mourning period over Kim’s death. Lee will focus on inter-Korean relations, inflation and unemployment, according to a spokesman at Lee’s office who declined to be named, quoting government policy.

“The veritable sea of tears shed by the army and people of the DPRK will turn into that of retaliatory fire to burn all the group of traitors to the last one,” the statement said, echoing rhetoric during Kim Jong Il’s rule. “The DPRK will have no dealings with the Lee Myung Bak group of traitors forever.”

Both Kim Jong Un and Lee face leadership tests that could shape their attitude toward engagement. Kim Jong Un needs to cement his grip on power in a country where the UN states one in three children are physically stunted from a lack of nutrition. Lee and his ruling party, which rolled back the “Sunshine Policy” of engagement with the nuclear-armed North, have dropped in opinion polls ahead of elections next year.