Pyongyang, June 28 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the DPRK Government issued the following statement on June 28:
It has been recently disclosed again by media that "Paekgol unit" of the puppet forces in Cholwon County, south Korean Kangwon Province and other forefront units are setting up slogans heaping malignant slanders and calumnies at the army, system and dignity of the DPRK and inciting extreme hostility toward it.
The slogans were so virulent that they stunned the public at home and abroad.
The army and people of the DPRK are now expressing irrepressible resentment and hatred for the Lee Myung Bak group which committed thrice-cursed acts of treachery this time in the wake of the provocative case in which it set up and fired at "targets" hurting the system and dignity of the DPRK. This has lashed them into towering hatred and hardened their resolution to take revenge upon it.
The group of traitors is steeped in hostility and confrontation hysteria aimed at hurting the system and dignity of the DPRK.
Shortly ago, traitor Lee Myung Bak invited gentries of the Defense Commission of the puppet National Assembly to Chongwadae and vociferated about "towering grudge" against the Yonphyong Island case and "a fit of rage at it". This goes to clearly prove how mad they have gone with confrontation.
The recent hideous provocation was not an individual act perpetrated by a few hooligans of the puppet military but its main culprits were traitor Lee and puppet military bosses.
When the puppet group perpetrated such hideous provocation as setting up and firing at "targets" to dare hurt the dignity of the leadership of the DPRK, it declared the fixed will of its army and people never to tolerate the provocation.
Nevertheless, the puppet group committed even more intolerable provocation. This is little short of a clear declaration of war as it is a blatant challenge to the DPRK.
Now that the Lee group dared perpetrate such an extreme provocation as not ruling out a war against the DPRK it will react to enemy's provocation with a stern punishment and counter its war with a merciless retaliatory sacred war.
Those who hurt the system and dignity of the DPRK will never go scot-free on this land and in the sky.
The army and the people of the DPRK will severely judge the confrontation maniacs who run wild like "puppies knowing no fear of a tiger" in the name of the whole nation. As already warnings were served, they will make a clean sweep of the group of traitors through a retaliatory sacred war involving the whole army and all people and the whole nation and accomplish the historic cause of national reunification.
The Lee group should apologize for the recent hideous provocation at once, severely punish the main culprits and halt the reckless confrontation racket.
Otherwise, it will not be able to escape unpredictably disastrous consequences.