"[We] will reduce all the rat-like groups and the bases for provocations to ashes in three or four minutes."
- KOREAN PEOPLE'S ARMY'S SUPREME COMMANDin a statement by its special operation group, threatening South Korea, following it and the U.N.'s condemnation of North Korea's attempted long-range rocket launch test
"We are sorry we have disappointed the people."
- PARK SUN-SOOKDemocratic United Party official, acknowledging defeat to South Korea's ruling party, the New Frontier Party, in parliamentary elections Wednesday
"We have always tolerated North Korea's brutality, time and again. But now things are different. North Korea will pay a price corresponding to its provocative acts.
- LEE MYUNG-BAK,president of South Korea, announces a cessation of trade between North and South Korea following the alleged sinking of a South Korean warship
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