"(The South Korean president's) group of traitors should never forget that the (North) Korean People's Army is fully ready for an all-out confrontation," the North's KCNA news agency quoted an unnamed military official as saying.
Reports in the South said North Korea has been assembling its Taepodong-2 missile, which is designed to carry a warhead as far as Alaska. The same missile fizzled and blew apart seconds after it was launched for the first and only time in 2006.
South Korea's defence minister was quoted by local media as saying the North could test-launch the missile in about two or three weeks. A leading local daily quoted intelligence sources as saying it could be as early as next week.
Clinton, who has meetings in Indonesia on Thursday, her second day there, will go to China after her stop in South Korea.
She arrives in Seoul late on Thursday and will hold discussions on Friday with top South Korean officials including President Lee Myung-bak.
North Korea has lambasted Lee in its official media. Lee, who took office a year ago, has angered the destitute North by cutting off what once had been a free flow of unconditional aid.
"It has gone so far that it is kind of worrying because they (North Koreans) are putting themselves in the position of having to carry through on some of this rhetoric," said Brian Myers, an expert on the North's ideology at the South's Dongseo University.
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