A meeting Sunday of the central committee of the ruling Workers' Party, guided by leader Kim Jong-Un, decided that the country's possession of nuclear weapons "should be fixed by law", the official KCNA news agency reported without elaborating
North Korea has declared it is in a 'state of war' with South Korea. From the moment of declaration, it says, it will deal with its southern neighbor according to "wartime regulations."
Pyongyang also warned it would retaliate against any provocations by the US and South Korea without "any prior notice."
"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, spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council."
"We hope that all parties will exercise maximum responsibility and restraint and no one will cross the point of no return," senior Russian Foreign Ministry official Grigory Logvinov told Interfax news agency."
"If the puppet traitor group continues to mention the fact Kaesong industrial zone is being kept operating and damages our dignity, it will be mercilessly shut off and shut down," the North's KCNA news agency quoted an agency that operates the factory park just miles north of the rivals' armed border as saying."
"The aim, the officials said, was two-fold: to reassure U.S. allies South Korea and Japan in the face of a string of threats from North Korea, and to nudge Pyongyang back to nuclear talks."
"KCNA said North Korea and the United States could only settle their differences by "physical means". The North has an arsenal of Soviet-era short-range Scud missiles that can hit South Korea but its longer-range Nodong and Musudan missiles, which could in theory hit U.S. Pacific bases, are untested."
North Korea greeted the weekend by stating through its KCNA news agency that it is entering a "state of war" with South Korea. This seems like much more serious news than an earlier KCNA story about using nutritious leeks in seasonal dishes, but there's reason to be skeptical that NoKo's latest declaration means anything at all.
"We will demonstrate with practical military action the firm will of the army and people of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea," Mun Kyong Dok, Chief Secretary of the Pyongyang City Party Committee of the Worker's Party of Korea told the rally, reading out a statement of the Supreme Command of the Korean People's Army
"The bellicose rhetoric emanating from North Korea only deepens that nation's isolation. The United States remains committed to safeguarding our allies in the region and our interests that are located there," deputy press spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters travelling with Barack Obama on Air Force One to Miami.
Today North Korean state news agency KNCA has published an article titled "DPRK Warns Future of Kaesong Industrial Zone Depends on S. Korea's Attitude," in which they threaten to close the park. Read more: www.businessinsider.com...
A top North Korean decision-making body issued a pointed warning Sunday, saying that nuclear weapons are "the nation's life" and will not be traded even for "billions of dollars." Read more: www.foxnews.com...
Twitter My brothers friend he's in the marines is most likely getting sent out to north Korea soon they told him
“It seems there are no more cards left for North to pressure South now, and Gaeseong seems to be the last resort,” Yang Moo Jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul, said by phone yesterday. “Chances of them closing it are very slim, almost impossible.”
About 200,000 North Koreans, including workers and their families, depend on the Gaeseong industrial zone for income, Yang said.
(CNN) - House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King said Sunday that the recent provocative, warmongering rhetoric out of North Korea is no "empty threat."
He qualified that by explaining he does not fear the North launching a successful attack on the U.S. mainland, but is concerned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "is trying to establish himself ... trying to be the tough guy," and may "box himself in" and need to display some level of military might.
WASHINGTON—U.S. F-22 stealth fighter jets arrived in South Korea on Sunday for joint exercises, U.S. defense officials said, the latest demonstration of advanced military capabilities meant to deter provocations from Pyongyang.
The arrival of the F-22s came after previous displays of U.S. air power that included B-52 bombers and B-2 stealth bombers. The F-22s are ordinarily stationed ..
add this to the F22's and the SK US MARINES drill next month how far can Un er DPRK be pushed? It seems we are pushing Un's button to war. as if we want war, did we not get enough war?
N.Korea threatens to attack US bases in Japan
North Korea is threatening missile attacks on US bases in Japan as a response to the increased sanctions against the country.
North Korea's ruling party newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, issued the warning in a commentary on Sunday.
The article said the Korean People's Army has decided on the targets of its attack and the rockets used in actual fighting will have the power of small tactical nuclear bombs.
The commentary also said North Korea is capable of attacking the US bases in Yokosuka, Misawa and Okinawa in Japan as well as the US mainland and Guam.
The commentary added that the North also has the ability to intercept any aircraft or cruise missile from Japan.
North Korea's threat came as the Japanese government plans to deploy high-performance US radars that can track North Korean missiles. Japan has also tightened sanctions against the North, in cooperation with the United States.
North Korea has strongly reacted to these moves by escalating its threats against the United States and Japan.
Mar. 31, 2013 - Updated 14:30 UTC
"The reason for the military's existence is to protect the country and the people from threats," Park told an audience of senior military officials and journalists. "If any provocations happen against our people and our country, it should respond powerfully in the early stages without having any political considerations."
Originally posted by mideast
There has been tensions in the region , but I don't know if it is serious even it is state of war.
It seems another cold war IMO.
Is it serious ?
North Korea has appointed Pak Pong Ju, known as a reformer, as the country’s next premier, a job that officially makes him the head the national government. How big of a deal is this? Is Kim Jong Un signaling his desire to finally open up North Korea to the world? Sadly, we should probably set our expectations for “reform” pretty low.
Originally posted by eriktheawful
You need to add these:
North Korea Threatens To Shut Down It's One Remaining Link With South - Kaesong - 30 March, 2013
I was told the other day by a family member who is military that if they do that, it would be a bad sign. Hope that's not true.
As North Korea ratchets up its apocalyptic rhetoric, the U.S. military has sent advanced warplanes to a big training exercise with South Korea, including its premier stealth fighter, the F-22 Raptor. Only the Pentagon clarified today that the jets haven’t actually flown yet.
Two F-22 Raptors are on “static display” at the Osan air base south of Seoul, Pentagon spokesman George Little said. Outside of the flight on Sunday from Japan’s Kadena air base, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, the jets have yet to take part in the U.S.-South Korea exercise Foal Eagle, which will continue until the end of April.
North Korea said last week it is in a "state of war" with South Korea and issued other threats that escalated tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
"I would note that despite the harsh rhetoric we are hearing from Pyongyang, we are not seeing changes to the North Korean military posture, such as large-scale mobilizations and positioning of forces," Carney said.