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North Korea 'attacks' South's presidential office

SEOUL: South Korea warned yesterday of "fatal" consequences for Pyongyang's leadership if provoked into conflict, after North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un oversaw a military drill simulating an attack on Seoul's presidential Blue House.

Mr Kim watched with binoculars as North Korea's special operation forces conducted an exercise aimed at "destroying specified targets of the enemy", including the Blue House, the North's state-run KCNA news agency said yesterday.

The ruling Workers' Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun also carried a two-page report on the drill, showing pictures of a building resembling the Blue House being overrun by North Korean troops and set ablaze.

One photo showed Kim roaring with laughter as he watched the simulated attack.

"Well done, the enemy troops will have no space to hide themselves, far from taking any counteraction," KCNA quoted Kim as saying.

No date was given for the military exercise in the report.

The South Korean military "strongly condemned" the drill, warning there would be fatal consequences if the North confronted Seoul.

"If the enemy conducts a provocation based on its rash judgement, we will strongly and firmly retaliate with a fatal blow against the North Korean leadership," the defence ministry's joint chiefs of staff said.

There are growing concerns of fresh provocations by Pyongyang following Friday's impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-Hye.

Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-Ahn, who has temporarily taken on the role and authority of acting president, held an emergency cabinet meeting and ordered the military to be extra vigilant against the North.

North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests this year and multiple missile launches in its push for a weapon capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the US. - AFP

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