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(G20) N. Korea mocks S. Korea for raising terrorism alert ahead of G-20

All Headlines 10:32 November 09, 2010

SEOUL, Nov. 9 (Yonhap) -- North Korea ridiculed South Korea Tuesday for heightening its terrorism alert to the highest level ahead of the G-20 summit in Seoul this week, calling it an attempt to stir hostility against the communist state on both local and international stages.

"This is a childish farce aimed at rationalizing its deceitful confrontation against the (North), weasel out of its political crisis and suppress progressive forces by creating a harsh mood of fear," Uriminzokkiri, the North's official Web site, said.

Inspecting the venue last week for the Thursday-Friday summit, South Koren President Lee Myung-bak ordered watertight security measures against possible violence and terrorism against the global forum.

Under a special law on G-20 security that went into effect last month, all rallies and demonstrations within a two-kilometer radius of the summit venue in southern Seoul are banned from Nov. 8-12.

The terror alert has also been elevated to "severe" -- the highest tier - for the first time since 2001, with 45,000 police officers stationed at the summit venue.

"The South maliciously uses every occasion where it sits with foreign guests to take issue with us and raise animosity against (North Korea)," Uriminzokkiri said.

The relations between the Koreas remain at the worst level in years after the March sinking of a South Korean warship, which was blamed on the North by a multinational investigation led by Seoul.

The North denies any role in the sinking that killed 46 sailors. Late last month, the troops of the two Koreas traded gunshots across their heavily armed border. Earlier this month, the South Korean Navy fired gunshots as a warning to drive a North Korean fishing boat back to its side of their Yellow Sea border. No injuries or deaths were reported in both incidents.

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