North Korean military dogs attack a dummy with a mask of South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-Jin at an undisclosed location. AFP / KCNA via KNS
NORTH Korea has released video of trained attack dogs savaging an effigy of an enemy minister as it continues to issue threats and tells foreign diplomats it cannot guarantee their safety.
The German shepherds go for the throat of a model of South Korean defence minister Kim Kwan-Jin in the propaganda clip shown on state television.
In the video, the military dogs can also be seen jumping through a flaming hole as they are put through their paces in training.
North Korean television and propaganda sites have released an increasing number of bizarre videos as tensions rise on the peninsula.
In February, North Korea posted a video on YouTube depicting a US city resembling New York engulfed in flames after an apparent missile attack.
The video was uploaded by the North's official website, Uriminzokkiri, which distributes news and propaganda from the state media.
The video was eventually pulled over copyright issues but another followed soon after showing US President Barack Obama in flames.
Pyongyang's news agency KCNA was accused of photoshopping images of army exercises.
North Korea's website suffered a setback when the activist group Anonymous successfully hacked it last week, posting a picture of leader Kim Jong-un as a pig.
Meanwhile, North Korea has told other nations that it will be unable to guarantee diplomats' safety in the North's capital beginning Wednesday.
A South Korean national security official said yesterday that North Korea may be setting the stage for a missile test or another provocative act.
Citing North Korea's suggestion that diplomats leave the country, South Korean President Park Geun-hye's national security director said the North may be planning a missile launch or another provocation around Wednesday, according to presidential spokeswoman Kim Haing.
In Washington, an adviser to President Barack Obama said "we wouldn't be surprised if they did a test. They've done that in the past."
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