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North Korea says South Korea "Hell-Bent" on war
There's always a lot of tension on the Korean peninsula, but the action just got a little hotter. According to Bloomberg News, the Korea Central News Agency, which is the official mouthpiece of the North Korean regime, "reported" that South Korea "is so hell-bent on the moves to escalate the confrontation and start a war that it is recklessly behaving bereft of reason." Meanwhile, the KCNA positions North Korea as above reproach, adding that the country is "now maintaining a maximum self-possession and self- control."
The "news" from the North comes as South Korea amps up the military action with a live fire exercise in conjunction with the United States. North Korea believes that "the exercise will result in shells landing in its territorial waters," Bloomberg reports.
The South Korean government warned ships to avoid 29 areas around its coast before today's drill. One zone lies about 7 miles (11 kilometers) off Daecheong, in waters claimed by North Korea that are about 100 miles (160 kilometers) from the South Korean mainland.
Never a regime to shy away from a bit of propaganda, the North says:
"The situation on the Korean Peninsula is getting tenser as the days go by and the danger of a war is increasing hour by hour," the KCNA reported, citing a commentary in the Rodong newspaper. 'The U.S. is giving spurs to an arms buildup and preparations for a war."
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