North warns South Korea not to ponder over "catastrophic consequences"

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Pyongyang, Dec 5 (ANI): North Korea has reportedly urged South Korea to "stop acting rashly and ponder over the catastrophic consequences."

According to news.com.au, the warning was sent in a statement through the official KCNA news agency.

The KCNA reported that following the exchange of artillery fire between the DPRK and South Korea on November 23 and last week's U.S.-South Korean naval drills, Seoul is planning large-scale combined naval manoeuvres with the U.S. Seventh Fleet.

South Korea would also stage firing exercises at 29 places including Taechong Island, one of the five islands very close to the DPRK territory, the KCNA said.

All the South Korean moves are aiming at making military provocations against the DPRK and implementing its so-called "retaliatory plan," the statement said.

The provocations are rapidly driving the situation on the Korean Peninsula to "an uncontrollable extreme phase," and no one can predict to what extent the situation will deteriorate in the future, it warned.

The statement also warned that although the DPRK is now maintaining "maximum self-possession and self-control, if an all-out war breaks out between the two sides, it would seriously affect peace and security not only on the Korean Peninsula, but also in the rest of the region. (ANI)

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