North Korea: We're Now in 'State of War' With South
But South Korea downplays threat
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2013 7:19 AM CDT
In this March 7, 2013, photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un uses a pair of binoculars to look at the South's territory.   (AP Photo/KCNA via KNS, File)

(Newser) – North Korea keeps one-upping its own rhetoric: Today, Pyongyang declared that "from this time on, the North-South relations will be entering a state of war," reports the BBC. "The long-standing situation of the Korean peninsula being neither at peace nor at war is finally over." The South shrugged off the threat as more hot air, reports Reuters. Yesterday, North Korea threatened to attack the US, too.

The North today also said it might close an industrial park jointly run by both nations, described by the AP as "the last major symbol of inter-Korean cooperation." Most analysts quoted in the stories say the risk of actual war is almost non-existent, but they worry that the North is raising tensions to such a level that the smallest incident could escalate out of control.

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Mar 31, 2013 10:06 PM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD ...... WHY does North Korea arm itself .. and .. why does a state of war exist between the North Koreans and the US and South Korea? -- REASON? -- It's hard to forget and forgive .. ATROCITIES .. the atrocities used on the Korean people .. to stop the Koreans from uniting into "one" communist country. LOOK UP .. "the South Korea history" .. and the atrocities committed by the US and South Korea against suspected Korean sympathizers .. the imprisonment, torture, rapes, and over 200,000 executions .. and from 1948 - 1980 the 14 South Korean massacres, of over 260,000 "suspected" communist sympathizers. The US army committed one massacre in 1950 of about 37,000 North Koreans (Sinchon Massacre). CAN one forget and forgive atrocities committed on them .. and the US sponsored sanctions (like ancient blockades) to defeat North Korea .. and are the main reasons the North Koreans are starving. Did the US forget or forgive those who destroyed the Twin Towers, and kill thousands? --- I don't think so. CAN North Korea forget and forgive, and move on? ------------ REALLY?
Mar 31, 2013 4:18 PM CDT
He's going to invade Louisiana isn't he?
Mar 31, 2013 3:48 PM CDT
Kim Jong needs to stop breathing....