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South Korea Leader Says No Fear Of War With North

President Myung-bak spoke to the nation on December 27
South Korea's president has vowed his country will retaliate against North Korea if provoked again, saying he is not afraid of a war with the communist North.

President Lee Myung-bak said in a regular radio address on December 27 that South Korea's military "must respond relentlessly" to any new North Korean attacks.

Tensions between the two rivals have risen since North Korea shelled a South Korean island last month, killing four South Koreans. Each accuses the other of provoking first.