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Friday, January 22, 1999 Published at 00:54 GMT

World: Asia-Pacific

North Korea threatens "sea of fire" if attacked

North Korea has accused the United States and South Korea of preparing for nuclear war, and said it will turn both countries into a sea of fire if it is attacked.

The South Korean president, Kim Dae-Jung has meanwhile warned his country to be ready for a surprise attack by the North.

The BBC Seoul correspondent says that these are some of the strongest exchanges for sometime between the two countries, and that they're probably a bargaining ploy as talks continue in Geneva.

The negotiations, involving the two Koreas, the US and China are aimed at reaching a peace settlement to replace the armistice that ended the Korean War in the nineteen-fifties.

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