N Korea Denounces South
Over US Troop Call


SEOUL, South Korea (Reuters) -- North Korea accused its southern rival on Sunday of "an unpardonable act" for even considering Washington's request for Seoul to contribute combat troops for active service in Iraq.
Although South Korea has not yet committed to any deployment, a spokesman for the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland said any such move could affect the whole peninsular.
"Their moves for the troop dispatch to Iraq is a serious issue directly related to the dignity, interests and honor of the entire Korean nation," the spokesman was quoted as saying by the official KCNA news agency.
He demanded South Korea unconditionally drop any plan to send combat troops to Iraq, dismissing it as "a reckless plan to sacrifice Koreans in the proxy war of the United States."
In South Korea, however, the chances of combat troops being sent to Iraq are looking more likely.
A local newspaper said on Saturday that Washington and Seoul were discussing details of the size and location of the possible deployment and that talks were proceeding well.
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