South Korea's President: We're Not Afraid of War

He promises 'relentless' retaliation in radio address
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2010 7:15 AM CST
Lee Myung-bak visits the South Korean Army soldiers at a military base near the demilitarized zone that separates the two Koreas, in Yanggu, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010.   (AP Photo/ Jo Bo-hee, Yonhap)

(Newser) – Lee Myung-bak has a message for Kim Jong Il: Bring it on. In a radio address today, the South Korean president said he wasn’t afraid of war with the North, and vowed that his military would “respond relentlessly when they come under attack.” He told the people that they must be united on the issue of national security, lest the North exploit any divisions, Time reports.

“We have now been awakened to the realization that war can be prevented … only when such provocations are met with a strong response,” Lee declared. “Fear of war is never helpful in preventing war.”

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