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Seoul vows strong response to any Pyongyang attacks

June 4, 2011 - 16:18 By 김연세
South Korea’s defense minister has warned that his country would respond very strongly to any future attacks by North Korea.

Kim Kwan Jin said at a regional security conference in Singapore on Saturday that his government must react with stiffer responses than in the past because North Korean provocations are becoming increasingly bold.

Kim said North Korea has been insincere in previous talks and must change its attitude for South Korea to return to formal discussions.

North Korea vowed Friday to launch “retaliatory military actions” against South Korea, a threat that came days after Seoul said its military had used photos of Pyongyang's ruling family for target practice.