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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea has threatened what it calls "strong physical retaliation" against planned South Korean naval drills near their disputed sea border.
The DPRK's top leader Kim Jong Il says attempts to isolate the country can't make its people surrender. He added that the Workers' Party of Korea has been firmly determined to greatly improve people's living standards this year, which marks the 65th anniversary of the party's founding.
South Korea has dismissed Pyongyang's warning, saying the exercises are defensive in nature and will be carried out in South Korean waters. Seoul also says finding faults with the drill itself will constitute a kind of provocation.
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