North Korea is preparing to threaten “lives and security” by launching terrorist attacks inside the South, a senior official in Seoul warned on Thursday.

Kim Jong-un’s regime is becoming increasingly belligerent, conducting its fourth nuclear test on Jan 6 and launching a ballistic missile earlier this month.

South Korea fears that its neighbour is now preparing to carry out terrorist attacks on its soil. President Park Geun-hye’s government has proposed a new anti-terrorism law that would give the security forces more powers to counter any threat.

Making the case for this law, Kim Sung-woo, a senior official in the president’s office, said that North Korea had decided to “muster anti-South terrorist capabilities that can pose a direct threat to our lives and security”.

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