N. Korea threatens Nuclear War?

THE WHITE HOUSE TAKES NORTH KOREA’S NUCLEAR WAR THREATS VERY SERIOUSLY. By Darlene Superville

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House said Saturday it is taking seriously new threats by North Korea but also noted Pyongyang’s history of “bellicose rhetoric.” North Korea warned Seoul on Saturday that the Korean Peninsula had entered “a state of war.” It also threatened to shut down a border factory complex that is the last major symbol of cooperation between the Koreas. “We’ve seen reports of a new and unconstructive statement from North Korea. We take these threats seriously and remain in close contact with our South Korean allies,” said Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council. “But, we would also note that North Korea has a long history of bellicose rhetoric and threats, and today’s announcement follows that familiar pattern.”

North Korea’s threats are seen as part of an effort to provoke the new government in Seoul to change its policies toward Pyongyang, and to win diplomatic talks with Washington that could get it more aid. The moves also are seen as ways to build domestic unity as North Korea’s young leader, Kim Jong Un, strengthens his military credentials.

In recent days, the U.S. flew a pair of nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers over an uninhabited South Korean island, dropping dummy munitions as part of annual defense drills that North Korea views as rehearsals for an invasion. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel also announced that the U.S. will fortify its defenses against a potential North Korean missile attack on the U.S. by adding more than a dozen missile interceptors to the 26 already in place at Fort Greely, Alaska.

North Korea said in a statement Saturday that it would deal with South Korea according to “wartime regulations” and would retaliate against any provocations by the U.S. and South Korea without notice.

“Now that the revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK have entered into an actual military action, the inter-Korean relations have naturally entered the state of war,” said the statement, which was carried by the official North Korean news agency and referred to the country by its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Provocations “will not be limited to a local war, but develop into an all-out war, a nuclear war,” the statement said. The White House has stressed the U.S. government’s capability and willingness to defend itself and its allies and interests in the region, if necessary. “We remain fully prepared and capable of defending and protecting the United States and our allies,” Hayden said.

5 comments

  1. The US needs N Korea as an excuse to keep one of the last remaining footholds in Asia. N. Korean regime needs the USA to justify their militaristic dictatorship and excuse the hunger and other hardship of its population.
    Everything else is a theater.

  2. The U.S. Military Industrial Complex must be thanking the crazy man in North Korea- China’s court jester.

    The Pentagon will soon issue a warning so as not to cut Defence budget.

    War mongering only fools the taxpayers of countries all over the world.

    There are more serious problems of hunger and health that mankind needs to focus to rather than this incessant call for war. Stop wasting the world’s wealth for all these nonsense of manufacturing bullets and bombs!

  3. Straight Talker

    The threats could easily esalate into a full-blown war. There’s no question who will win, but the human and economic costs could be unthinkably high. Both parties think and behave differently, which increases the risk of serious misunderstanding.

  4. I see two likely possibilities here, Kim Jong Un is simply posturing, in order to appear strong to his people. Alternatively, he may genuinely be intent on making real war, with South Korea and the US. Having a crazy dictator in charge of nuclear weapons is of course not the most desirable scenario to be dealing with. But then we put up with all the other crazy countries, some with vast stockpiles of nuclear weapons don’t we? Clearly he is miffed, I wonder what the latest sanctions involved, perhaps North Korean money has ended up on the ECBs balance sheets?

    So who wants to make war with a country in possession of nuclear weapons? It could all rapidly get out of control and turn very messy to say the least! Could they ‘strap’ two missiles together to gain enough range to target any city in the US? Doubt it!

  5. So some White House flunky says that Pater obama is taking the North Korean threats seriously.

    yeah… that makes me feel so much better.

    Let us all hope and pray that if the call comes into the White House telling obama that the North Koreans have just crossed the 38th and wiped out 10,000 US soldiers that our lord and savior obama doesn’t say, ala Benghazi, ‘ I think I’ll go to bed….good night”.

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