S. Korea, U.S. prepared for further DPRK provocations: U.S. commander

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The top U.S. commander said Thursday South Korea and the United States will fight back future military provocations of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), as tensions mounted on the peninsula over Pyongyang's alleged sinking of a South Korean warship, local media reported Thursday.

"Through realistic training and exercises, we will be able to decisively engage across the entire range of military conflicts from cyberterrorism to provocations by North Korea (DPRK)'s asymmetric attacks and even a general war in the peninsula," Army Gen. Walter Sharp was quoted as saying by Yonhap News Agency at a ceremony held in Seoul.

"Together, we exercise constant vigilance on the land, sea and in the air to deter and defeat any future provocations and aggressions by North Korea," he reportedly said.

The top commander's remarks came as Pyongyang responded with harsh rhetoric and threats of an "all-out war" to Seoul's moves to punish it for torpedoing a South Korean warship in late March.

Pyongyang's cyberterrorism has emerged as another concern for military authorities here as some hacking incidents have been attributed to the DPRK, local media reported.

Source: Xinhua


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