Korean War II? N. Korea threatens S. Korea with military action
Could this be Korean War II? North Korea has threatened South Korea with military action. They called South Korea's participation in the anti-proliferation program a declaration of war.
The BBC is reporting that North Korea no longer considers itself bound by the armistice that ended the Korean War in 1953.
North Korea has stated that they will no longer guarantee the safety of ships off their west coast, and the military repeated Pyongyang's position that Seoul joining the US-led Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) is the same as declaring war.
"Any tiny hostile acts against our republic, including the stopping and searching of our peaceful vessels... will face an immediate and strong military strike in response," the statement said.
"Our military will no longer be bound by the armistice accord as the current US leadersship... has drawn the puppets (South Korea) into the PSI," said the statement from the North's military representative at the border truce village of Panmunjom.
North Korea has already fired two short-range test missiles from the east coast and they have restarted a reprocessing plant that aids in the construction of nuclear weapons.
The testing of nuclear weapons is in violation of an international ban, and North Korea has been threatening for some time to restart their nuclear program, even though they are banned by the UN from a resolution in 2006.
However, they have changed from a negotiation standpoint to a challenging one, directly facing up to the US and South Korean administrations' policies.
According to Mr. Cha, the next step is war.
The international community has expressed criticism, but North Koreans seems to be celebrating the nuclear test.
The test was geared “to defend the dignity and sovereignty of the country and nation in face of the U.S. imperialists’ unabated threat to mount a preemptive nuclear attack,” KCNA cited Choe Thae Bok, secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, as saying in a speech at the rally.
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