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North Korea to Japan: You're First

Pyongyang warns it could nuke Tokyo over the 'slightest move'

(Newser) - After threatening the United States and South Korea with nuclear strikes, North Korea nearly forgot its other favorite target—Japan. That oversight has been corrected now, though, as the Korean Central News Agency today warned that Tokyo will be its first target if Japan keeps up its "hostile posture"... More »

S. Korea: North Is Readying Missile Launch for Wed.

Pyongyang warning concerned diplomats to get out by Wednesday

(Newser) - South Korea is warning today that Pyongyang's latest sabre-rattling amounts to the very real threat of a missile launch, likely around Wednesday, reports the New York Times . The South's director of national security said today that the North had warned foreign diplomats to seek assistance in evacuating by... More »

North Korea Scraps Armistice, Cuts Hotline as War Games Begin

UN will today look at North Korea's appalling human rights record

(Newser) - North Korea today "completely scrapped" the armistice that held a tenuous peace on the peninsula for six decades, reports the Washington Post , even as American and South Korean troops began the large-scale military drills Pyongyang had warned them to abandon. The North is playing up its unpredictability, saying in... More »

N. Korea Threatens to Kill Korean War Ceasefire

As US-China proposal on new sanctions goes to UN today

(Newser) - The US and China have settled on a new round of sanctions against North Korea, and Pyongyang is responding by ratcheting up its usual bluster, threatening to cancel the 1953 ceasefire that ended the Korean War if sanctions go forward and US-South Korean military drills that began March 1 continue.... More »

North Korea: US 'Well Within' Nuclear Range

Pyongyang propaganda also warns Korean peninsula near 'explosion'

(Newser) - Pyongyang has a message for the US: North Korea has become a "fully-independent rocket and nuclear weapons state," according to an official website—and America "should be acutely aware that the US mainland is now well within the range of our strategic rockets and nuclear weapons."... More »

North Korea to Military: 'Be Ready for a War'

Satellite images indicate nuclear test could come in days

(Newser) - North Korea is stepping up its saber rattling yet again, placing the country under martial law in the run-up to an imminent nuclear weapon test, reports the Korea JoongAng Daily . North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un reportedly gave six orders at an emergency meeting last Saturday, including that "... More »

Kim Jong Un Vows 'Substantial' Action

Sabre-rattling continues in Pyongyang as Japan launches new satellites

(Newser) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un convened top security and foreign affairs officials and ordered them to take "substantial and high-profile important state measures," state media said today, fueling speculation that he plans to push forward with a threat to explode a nuclear device in defiance of the... More »

North Korea: Next Nuke Test Will Target US

Country 'technically ready' for test: South Korea

(Newser) - After threatening new nuclear tests amid heightened sanctions yesterday, North Korea is getting more specific: Those tests will target the US, its "sworn enemy," the country says. "We are not disguising the fact that the various satellites and long-range rockets that we will fire and the high-level... More »

Irate North Korea Suggests New Nuke Test Is Coming

And there's no possibility of denuclearization talks

(Newser) - The UN Security Council unanimously passed a resolution yesterday expanding sanctions against North Korea as punishment for its December rocket launch , and Pyongyang did not take the news lying down. It responded angrily today by promising to strengthen its nuclear weapons program and suggesting it would carry out a third... More »

Is Kim Jong Un Opening Up North Korea?

Fashion, honesty, markets hint at small changes in Pyongyang

(Newser) - Considering Kim Jong Un has spent much of the first months of his reign test-firing long-range missiles , threatening to kill South Korea's leaders , and generally being bellicose , could it be that the young dictator is actually ready to open North Korea? At least a little? Der Spiegel thinks so,... More »

N. Korea Screws Up Threat Vs. South's Media

Threats include media coordinates, but locations all wrong

(Newser) - Pity North Korea: Even when, in typical grandiloquent style, it threatens the "fools, idiots, and blockheads" in the South Korean media with "a merciless sacred war," it manages to muck that up, reports the Wall Street Journal . Apparently the North got really peeved at South Korean media'... More »

North Korea: 'Special Actions' Will Crush South's Leadership

North Korean army promises 'unprecedented peculiar means and methods'

(Newser) - North Korea's military says it will launch "special actions" soon meant to wipe out conservative South Korean President Lee Myung-bak's administration. The army statement carried by state media Monday said the actions will last 3 to 4 minutes and be carried out "by unprecedented peculiar means... More »

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