North Korea has ramped up rhetoric ahead of a UN vote on sanctions in response to its nuclear test.

Accusing the US of pushing to start a war, it vowed to exercise its right to launch a pre-emptive nuclear attack against its aggressors.

The Security Council meets on Thursday to approve fresh sanctions against Pyongyang over the 12 February test.

North Korea's foreign ministry issued a statement carried by the KCNA news agency, without giving further details.

North Korea threatens nuclear strike, U.N. expands sanctions


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Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on March 31, 2013 at 3:49pm

Published on 30 Mar 2013 North Korea has stepped up its angry rhetoric, saying it is entering a "state of war" with the South.

Pyongyang has been threatening to attack its neighbour and US military bases since Seoul and Washington started joint drills earlier this month.

"North Korea's continuing threats are never acceptable, as they are harming peace and stability on the Korean peninsula," said Kim Min-seok, South Korean Defence Ministry spokesman.

"Our recent military exercises and the US strategic bombers' deployment on the peninsula were defensive in nature, against North Korea's possible provocations."

Tensions have been running high in the region after the North launched a long-range rocket - condemned by the UN - and carried out a third nuclear test.

Pyongyang has been keen show images of strength and unity. But few believe it will risk starting an all-out conflict.

The North and the South have technically been at war for six decades, under an armistice that ended their conflict in the 1950s.

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on March 26, 2013 at 5:44pm

North Korea in 'combat posture'

Comment by Loren Miller on March 12, 2013 at 2:50pm

Right about now, I'd say that someone in the Dept. of Defense is doing an assay on the following:

  • NKA troop strength
  • Location and status of artillery at and near the DMZ
  • Location and status of anti-aircraft emplacements at and near the DMZ
  • Aircraft (particularly stealth), munitions, and number of sorties required to neutralize all of the above

Seems to me a guy by the name of Saddam Hussein made a lot of noise about what he was going to do with his recently annexed province, while another guy (name of Schwarzkopf) had someone dissimilar ideas.  Anyone care to guess whether or not Kim Jong Un is aware of how THAT went?

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on March 12, 2013 at 2:34pm

US imposes new sanctions on North Korea as war of words mounts

Published on 12 Mar 2013 North Korea has cut off a humanitarian hotline with the South and torn up the armistice that ended the Korean War in the 1950s. As tension escalates, the US has announced more sanctions following a UN vote last week to expand measures against Pyongyang after its latest nuclear test in February.

The Red Cross hotline has been used by both North and South Korea for general communication and to discuss aid shipments.

North Korean state-run TV showed images of mass rallies in several parts of the country. It is not clear exactly when they took place, but thousands of soldiers and civilians turned out to denounce the country's enemies. A military general in the southern Hangyong province told the crowd: "US imperialists and their puppet warmongers should realise who they're dealing with".

Pyongyang has threatened a nuclear strike over annual military exercises currently taking place between the South and the US. The joint drills involving 10,000 South Korean and 3,500 American troops are due to last two weeks.

The South Korean capital saw demonstrations against the military drills on Monday, with protesters calling for peace talks.

Despite the war of words some analysts believe an actual clash is unlikely, seeing the North's belligerence as an attempt to forge national unity and force the South and the US to engage in dialogue.


Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on March 8, 2013 at 9:25am

North Korea ends peace pact with South Korea

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 7, 2013 at 4:13pm

Good point, Pat!

When I read about this sanction, I wondered just how excessive consumption of yachts, luxury cars and high end jewelry has been pumping up North Korea's nuclear aggression.

Comment by Pat on March 7, 2013 at 3:38pm

Let's see. North Korea says it reserves the right to launch a preemptive strike on its enemies, should it feel threatened. So, it reserves the right to be the aggressor in cases where it claims, rightly or wrongly, its security is threatened.

The security environment confronting North Korea today is radically different from what we have faced before. Yet the first duty of the North Korean Government remains what it always has been: to protect the North Korean people and North Korean interests. It is an enduring North Korean principle that this duty obligates the government to anticipate and counter threats, using all elements of national power, before the threats can do grave damage. The greater the threat, the greater is the risk of inaction – and the more compelling the case for taking anticipatory action to defend ourselves, even if uncertainty remains as to the time and place of the enemy’s attack. There are few greater threats than a terrorist attack with WMD.

To forestall or prevent such hostile acts by our adversaries, North Korea will, if necessary, act preemptively in exercising our inherent right of self-defense.

Hmmm, does this sound about right? That quote, by the way, pretty much defines the concept of "preventive war" which it appears the Pyongyang government is espousing. And which, I might add was enunciated in the National Security Strategy of the United States in 2002, which is also known as the "Bush Doctrine." I just substituted "North Korea" for "America" in the original which I quoted.

What's the difference?

Comment by Future on March 7, 2013 at 2:56pm

They may as well program their nuke to go up, turn around, and come right back home.  Sending it anywhere else will quickly have the same impact.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 7, 2013 at 2:35pm

Maybe it's even foolish of me to ask, but just how long does Kim Jong Un and the rest of his loonies think they'd live after deploying a nuclear weapon outside of North Korea?  Do they seriously want to see Pyongyang glow in the dark (what would be left of it!)?

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on March 7, 2013 at 2:20pm

UN votes for sanctions

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