“We are not disguising the fact that the various satellites and long-range rockets that we will fire and the high-level nuclear test we will carry out are targeted at the United States.” North Korea’s national defence commission via the KCNA
According to North Korean state news, Korean Central News Agency, all ties and official forms of communication have been severed between the Koreas as Pyongyang reports war could commence “at any moment.”
Earlier, Kim Jong-Un cut his country’s last military hotline with South Korea, and dissolved the 1953 armistice between the Koreas.
North Korea’s saber-rattling has escalated with threats of preemptive nuclear strikes against South Korea and the United States. KCNA today threatened South Korea’s new president, Park Geun-hye, saying “If she keeps to the road of confrontation … she will meet a miserable ruin.”
Park responded, “We must deal strongly with a North Korean provocation… Following a series of missile launches and nuclear tests, North Korea has become overconfident.”
In an interview with USA Today, Shen Dingli, a professor of international relations from Fudan University in Shanghai said “We have to teach North Korea a lesson, but not to further the trend of instability spiraling. We need to punish them, without exciting them.”
North Korea’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, which is the agency in charge of South Korean relations, released this statement: “The aggressive Key Resolve exercise by the United States and its puppet war maniacs is a clear declaration of war against our republic.”
This week KCNA reported Kim Jong-Un has ordered the military to “deliver a merciless retaliatory strike,” should any perceived intrusion occur.