North Korea Threatens Retaliation for Propaganda Balloon Launch
North Korea's military is threatening to shoot down balloons that South Korean activists plan to send over the heavily militarized border carrying 10,000 DVDs of the Hollywood film The Interview.
Activists say they plan to launch copies of the film - a comedy about a fictional CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jon Un, along with 500,000 propaganda leaflets across the de-militarized zone on or around March 26.
Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency called the planned launch a "de facto declaration of war."
The South's military said it would retaliate if North Korea opens fire on the South's territory.
South Korean residents living near the border have complained the activists are putting local residents lives at risk by making them potential targets.
Clashes Kill Seven Pakistani Soldiers, Dozens of Militants Near Afghan Border
Pakistan’s military says it has killed at least 80 Islamist militants and lost seven soldiers in fierce fighting near the mountainous Afghan border.
The clashes have been taking place in the remote Tirah Valley in the insurgency-plagued northwestern Khyber tribal district.
Army spokesman Major General Asim Bajwa reported “steady progress” in the counter-terrorism operation with code name Khyber-II, saying it is aimed at clearing areas close to Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan.
The militants, officials say, belonged to the outlawed Pakistani Taliban, an alliance of extremist outfits waging an insurgency against the state. Army jets have also pounded suspected militant positions in the areas over the past two days.
A spokesman for the group claimed the army death toll is much higher. Independent confirmation of the fighting details is not possible because journalists and aid groups have no access to the conflict zone.