North Korea Declares War on the Entire Planet

North Korea Declares War

No, that’s an April Fools’ joke. Kind of…  North Korea did say it was entering a ‘state of war’ with South Korea over the weekend. So I guess it’s only a half joke.

The Korean peninsula has been engaged in a cycle of escalating tensions ever since North Korea started testing out its long-range rockets back in December, a move condemned by the international community. Then came the nuclear tests, which brought on a fresh pile of UN sanctions. Then South Korea decided to engage in joint US military drills and the US flew B-2 nuclear-capable bombers over the Korean peninsula.

North Korea didn’t take it too well to say the least. In retaliation they scrapped the Korean War armistice, cyber-attacked South Korea’s broadcasters and banks, made numerous threats against South Korea and the US, cut off the military hotline between the two countries and most recently Kim Jong-un declared North Korea is entering a ‘state of war’ with South Korea.

South Korea’s new president Park Geun-hye promised a strong military response to any North Korean provocation after the ‘state of war’ announcement. President Park Geun-hye said that she took the series of threats from Pyongyang “very seriously”. The South Korean president is a conservative who originally advocated cautious engagement with North Korea during her campaign. Since taking office in February, she has been compelled to take a more hardline stance.

“I believe that we should make a strong and immediate retaliation without any other political considerations if (the North) stages any provocation against our people,” she said.

All eyes will be on Kim Jong-un to see if this latest threat is just another in a long line of rhetorical provocations or if he really is a crazy kid yelling out threats while clinging to his nuclear toys.

Via: The New York Times

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