Korea has been a single political entity controlling over Korean Peninsula until the end of World War II, when Soviet Union and United States each occupied northern and southern halves respectively. The division further leads to founding of today’s North Korea and South Korea. Tensions between two countries remain high as both parties want to bring a unified peninsula under its rule. Heavy military are still stationed at the border which runs along north of 38th parallel.
North Korea threatens 'merciless' strike on South over propaganda leaflets
North Korea yesterday threatened a "merciless" military strike on South Korea next week, prompting a swift vow of retaliation from Seoul in a serious escalation of cross-border tensions.
The Korean People's Army (KPA) said it would launch the attack if North Korean defectors in the South went ahead with plans to scatter anti-regime leaflets on Monday from balloons floated over the border.
The threat came a day after South Korean President Lee Myung-bak visited an island close to the disputed maritime frontier that was shelled by the North two years ago.
"The moment a minor movement for the scattering is captured ... a merciless military strike by the Western Front will be put into practice without warning," the KPA said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.
A group of North Korean defectors plan to carry out the leaflet exercise on Monday before noon at the border near the town of Paju, around 60 kilometres north of Seoul.