N.K threatens to destroy S.K loudspeakers, turn Seoul into 'sea of flame'North Korea's military threatened Saturday that it will destroy South Korean propaganda loudspeakers along its border and may even turn Seoul into a "sea of flame," in the strongest warning yet against Seoul's plan to resume anti-Pyongyang broadcasts.
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said, however, "no unusual activity" has currently been spotted from North Korea along the military demarcation line.
South Korea established propaganda loudspeakers in 11 places along the heavily-fortified demilitarized zone earlier this week in retaliation to the March 26 sinking of one of the South's military warships. Seoul blames Pyongyang for the sinking that killed 46 seamen. The North denies involvement.
North Korean armed forces "will launch an all-out military strike to blow up the group's means for the psychological warfare against the DPRK in all areas along the front," the North's General Staff of the Korean People's Army said in a "crucial declaration" carried in the North's Korean Central News Agency. DPRK stands for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
North Korea has already warned it will shoot down loudspeakers if the broadcasts resume.
Seoul plans to begin anti-North Korea broadcasts after the U.N. Security Council carries out its action over the ship sinking. The psychological warfare was stopped in a 2004 inter-Korean agreement amid thawing ties.
"From a military point of view that a psychological warfare is one of the basic operational forms for carrying out a war, the installing of such means for the above-said warfare is a direct declaration of a war against the DPRK," the General Staff said.
"It should bear in mind that the military retaliation of the DPRK is a merciless strike foreseeing even the turn of Seoul, the stronghold of the group of traitors, into a sea of flame," it warned.
South Korea asked the U.N. Security Council last week to take up the sinking. A team of South Korean and foreign investigators will brief the Council next week on North Korea's suspected involvement.
Investigators from South Korea, the United States, Britain, Australia and Sweden concluded last month that a North Korean submarine sank the warship Cheonan with a torpedo. The team presented hard evidence, such as torpedo parts collected from the scene.
Key to getting the Council to rebuke the North is winning support from Pyongyang's traditional backers China and Russia. The two countries have expressed reservations about censuring the North. Still, representatives from Beijing and Moscow are expected to attend next week's briefing, officials said.