Seoul - South Korea's defence minister received on Tuesday a
package containing a threatening letter and suspicious powder, in what
his ministry described as an attempted act of "terror".
The parcel was delivered a day after hundreds of
threatening leaflets were found scattered outside Defence Minister Kim
The leaflets condemned Kim for his perceived hardline
stance against North Korea, which has made the minister a focus of
Pyongyang's more vitriolic propaganda attacks on the South.
"The parcel contained suspicious white powder, and an
investigation is under way to trace its origins," a defence ministry
spokesperson told AFP.
It was "an attempted act of terror", the spokesperson said, while stressing that the powder's contents had not been verified yet.
The Korean peninsula has been in a state of heightened
military tension since the North carried out its third nuclear test in
Incensed by fresh UN sanctions and joint South Korea-US
military exercises, Pyongyang has spent weeks issuing blistering
threats of missile strikes and nuclear war.
Pictures recently released by the official Korean
Central News Agency showed North Korean military attack dogs tearing at a
mannequin masked with a photograph of Kim's face.