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S. Korea decries Pyongyang’s threats, says truce remains

Seoul calls uptick in foe’s defiance a psychological ploy

SEOUL — South Korea said Tuesday that North Korea cannot unilaterally nullify the 1953 Korean War cease-fire, calling the North’s war threats a psychological ploy to strengthen Kim Jong Un’s leadership at home and force Washington and South Korea to make concessions to the isolated country.

Following through on a standing threat that it revived last week amid tensions over joint US-South Korean military drills coupled with UN sanctions, North Korea declared that the armistice nullified as of Monday and that the guns of the 1950-53 Korean War, silenced for 60 years under an uneasy truce, could roar again.

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