Did S. Korea Just Threaten to Strike Kim Jong Un?
Warning comes in response to Pyongyang's threat to end armistice
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2013 7:24 AM CST
Kim Jong Un attends a consultative meeting with officials at undisclosed location in North Korea at an undisclosed date.   (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service, File)

(Newser) – In a rare response to North Korea's bluster, South Korea's military today warned that it is ready to strike at the North's "command leadership" if provoked—a term that could be referring to Kim Jong Un, the New York Times reports. The warning follows the North's threat yesterday to cancel the Korean War ceasefire over new UN sanctions. Typically, Seoul considers Pyongyang's threats to be propaganda and ignores them; this response marks a significant ratcheting up of tensions between the two countries, the Times notes. Here's the statement:

  • "If North Korea attempts a provocation that threatens the lives and security of our people, our military will forcefully and decisively strike not only the origin of provocation and its supporting forces but also its command leadership. We make it clear that we are all prepared."

"We read [North Korea's] confidence in nuclear weapons behind their aggressive, more provocative rhetoric and actions recently," says one expert, and the Times reports that officials echo that sentiment. And, Reuters reports, Pyongyang has set no-fly and no-sail zones, indicating it is preparing to conduct major military drills off its east and west coasts—or even test-fire missiles, warns the South. For more, the AP takes a look today at what a cancellation of the Korean War armistice would really mean. For one thing, the already-violent Demilitarized Zone between North and South could become even more violent—and it's located just an hour from Seoul.

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Batman
Mar 19, 2013 3:59 PM CDT
Some may be infatuated with Kim Jung Il`s anatomy, but we are sure of one thing.......HE HAS NUCLEAR WEAPONS and we can`t do anything about that.
kawahchan
Mar 6, 2013 12:15 PM CST
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: It is too premature for South Korean President Park Geun-hye & National Security to take any attack action. See, President Park is an expert of "The Romance Of The Three Kingdoms", (by Lo Kuan-chung), Park is experienced in Coup conspiracy; during the (R) President George W. Bush administration, the US Congress & Senate had passed a Political Asylum Law to accept any North Korean official magistrates or refugees who deflects to the United States, the US will grant a "green-card" to settle here. The American Republican CIA will assist South Korean National Security to help the North Korea's Workers' Party's army and families to quit support Kim Jong-un Dynasty, to begin the internal Coup, disable the missiles inside North Korea. Do the N. Korean missiles filled enough fuel ? American Republican CIA may try the German-made Rheinmetall Defense's Laser Weapon to attack N. Korea if necessary. You may see the new Laser Weapon warfare in Eastwood's series of IRIS III.
letlive
Mar 6, 2013 11:34 AM CST
If politics refrain from interfering in wars as they have done since the Korean conflict as it was called and also in Vietnam, we would not be having the problems we experience now,, but who pays for their blunders,,,, the backbone of our country, the youth