Monday, June 7, 2010

North Korean envoy warns war could erupt soon

GENEVA (Reuters)by Stephanie Nebehay Stephanie Nebehay – Thu Jun 3, 12:33 pm ETA North Korean envoy said on Thursday that war could erupt at any time on the divided Korean peninsula because of tension with Seoul over the sinking of a South Korean warship in March.

"The present situation of the Korean peninsula is so grave that a war may break out any moment," Ri Jang Gon, North Korea's deputy ambassador in Geneva, told the United Nations-sponsored Conference on Disarmament.

North Korea's troops were on "full alert and readiness to promptly react to any retaliation," including the scenario of all-out war, he told the forum.

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