Posted November. 13, 2009 08:01,
North Korea yesterday threatened that South Korea will pay dearly for the naval skirmish Tuesday in the Yellow Sea, blaming Seoul for committing a premeditated provocation.
The Rodong Sinmun, the official daily of the North Korean Workers Party, said in a commentary that South Korean naval vessels fired at a North Korean patrol ship that was returning to its unit after a normal patrol.
If the South goes on the path of confrontation and war, it could face dire consequences, the newspaper warned.
The North had also threatened retaliation after inter-Korean naval clashes in 1999 and 2002.
The Minju Choson, the official paper of the North Korean Cabinet, also said in a commentary that the armed provocation showed how the South Korean military was recklessly running amok to prevent better inter-Korean and North Korea-U.S. relations.
Minju said inter-Korean relations were showing signs of improving thanks to the Norths sincere efforts, but that Seoul attempted to instill a sense of antipathy into Washington to prevent a change in the hostile U.S. policy toward Pyongyang and block bilateral talks between North Korea and the U.S.