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South Korea protests, North declares 'state of war'

Friday, August 21, 2015 - 01:38

South Koreans rally against neighbour North Korea after leader Kim Jong Un ordered troops onto a war footing, worsening tensions on the peninsula. Yiming Woo reports.

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About 100 anti-North Korea protesters gather in Seoul to burn the effigy of leader Kim Jong Un. Kim has declared a "fully armed state of war" at the border with South Korea after the two countries exchanged fire. Pyongyang's threatening military action unless Seoul stops broadcasting anti-North Korea propaganda from the demilitarized zone by Saturday afternoon. South Korea says the broadcasts will continue, unless the North apologises for recent landmine explosions that wounded two South Koreans. Pyongyang denies it was responsible. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN PROTEST LEADER PARK CHAN-SUNG SAYING: "North Korea continues its provocative actions against South Korea with a landmine blast and by firing shells. We are here to respond strongly and urge the United Nations and the international community to punish North Korea." Despite the declaration of war, all is calm at the border. At a military command post in Yongin, south of Seoul, President Park Geun-hye gives her instructions to security officials. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT PARK GEUN-HYE SAYING: "The military should maintain a quick reaction posture for future provocations. If a situation occurs, I want you to take action first, and report later." Analysts say neither side wants escalation into war and that chances of it happening are very low.

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South Korea protests, North declares 'state of war'

Friday, August 21, 2015 - 01:38