7:48 pm - 03/30/2013

NK says inter-Korean relations enter into war phase

North Korea said Saturday that inter-Korean relations have entered into a state of war and all cross-border issues will be dealt with in a wartime manner, the latest in a near-daily series of strident threats against the South in recent weeks.

The warning came a day after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un put strategic rocket units on standby, threatening to strike targets in South Korea, the U.S. mainland, and its military bases in Hawaii and Guam, in anger after nuclear-capable U.S. B-2 stealth bombers participated in joint military drills in the South.

"From this moment, the North-South relations will be put at the state of war, and all the issues arousing between the North and the South will be dealt with according to the wartime regulations," the North said in a special statement issued by the country's government, parties and other organizations, according to the Korean Central News Agency.

"The state of neither peace nor war has ended on the Korean Peninsula," it said.

The communist nation also said it will "immediately punish any slightest provocation hurting its dignity and sovereignty with resolute and merciless physical actions without any prior notice."

Pyongyang has sharply ratcheted up belligerent rhetoric in recent weeks with repeated war threats against the South in anger over joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States as well as a new U.N. Security Council resolution adopted for its third nuclear test.

In Saturday's statement, the North denounced the mobilization of the U.S stealth bombers for the exercise as "an unpardonable and heinous provocation, and an open challenge."

"If the U.S. and the South Korean puppet group perpetrate a military provocation for igniting a war against the DPRK (North Korea) in any area, including the five islands in the West Sea of Korea or in the area along the Military Demarcation Line, it will not be limited to a local war but develop into an all-out war, a nuclear war," the North said in the statement.

The South's defense ministry denounced the recent series of menacing rhetoric by the North as unacceptable threats that hurt peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, and pledged to thoroughly punish Pyongyang in the event of provocations.

It also said this week's exercises involving stealth bombers were defensive in nature.

"Our military is maintaining full preparedness to leave no blind point in safeguarding the lives and safety of the people," the ministry said in a statement.

Despite harsh threats, the North is showing no unusual military moves, a military source said.

In Washington, the White House said it takes the North's warning seriously.

"We've seen reports of a new and unconstructive statement from North Korea," said Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the National Security Council, according to AFP. "We take these threats seriously and remain in close contact with our South Korean allies."

Hayden said the North's threat follows a pattern of bellicose rhetoric and threats.

"We continue to take additional measures against the North Korean threat, including our plan to increase the U.S. ground-based interceptors and early warning and tracking radar," she said.

Despite Pyongyang's latest threat, border crossings by South Koreans to and from the joint industrial complex in the North Korean border city of Kaesong proceeded normally, beginning with 78 people entering the complex at 8:30 a.m, Seoul's unification ministry said.

The North notified the South of its approval of the border crossings via the park's management committee earlier in the day, the ministry said. On Saturday, a total of 241 South Koreans were scheduled to travel to the factory park, with 510 people set to be coming back, it said.

The complex, where 123 South Korean companies run factories with cheap North Korean labor, is a major source of hard currency for the impoverished communist nation.

Source : The Korea Times
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achan123 30th-Mar-2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
fun fact: if one stares at the nipple in ur DP for a long time, it looks like a bouncing ball... O_O
achan123 30th-Mar-2013 10:58 pm (UTC)
xcherryblossomx 30th-Mar-2013 11:02 pm (UTC)
What do China and Russia have to say about this? Aren't they NK's only allies along with Cuba and Venezuela. As far as I know they are the ones that give some money to NK to keep their crazy programs.

I don't think a war would benefit China so why don't they pressure NK to stop their tantrum and threats?
fvck 30th-Mar-2013 11:19 pm (UTC)
china and russia are mentioned under the section titled 'maximum restraint'
aleexnews 30th-Mar-2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
I watched Olympus Has Fallen last week and it was quite scary :/ Of course I don't think a lot of it is possible because it's a movie and because it's just not realistic that the United States can have that horrible security and response to an attack but still, it was scary.

Anyways I think they're bluffing and that even if they were to attack they know the consequences and that's what most politicians have been saying as well. Not to think of them as a joke either but don't panic or freak out.

Yesterday World War 3 was trending and people were saying so much stupid and ignorant shit ugh, it's not a joke you morons.
zombiechick815 30th-Mar-2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
Hearing things like this always make me nervous. I am far from being well read on the topic though, so I can never tell how serious these things are.
goodgolly_miss 1st-Apr-2013 02:48 am (UTC)
Honestly? Not that serious. It isn't the first time it has happened, nor is it likely to be the last. N. Korea wants attention, and it wants all the military support it used to have. Personally, I think this most recent hissy fit is because China put its support behind the UN sanctions against N. Korea last month. China is N. Korea's strongest ally, and over the years they have slowly but surely been putting distance between themselves and N. Korea. Without China, N. Korea is in trouble; China's support granted them some legitimacy, and now they are truly isolated.
45s 30th-Mar-2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
Basically and l think they did some empty threat like this after last election do business as usual
teruhiko 30th-Mar-2013 11:27 pm (UTC)
my favourite part of all this is all the clueless "oh no my oppas!!!" posts that inevitably arise in response to NK-SK relations news
45s 30th-Mar-2013 11:39 pm (UTC)
Omg tumblr is a mess with this. These fangirls are nuts
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yesungholic 30th-Mar-2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
this can be an empty threat and in the end nothing will happen, but at the same time this can be real and something horrible might happen.
I would say to put a bullet in that man's brain, but he would become a saint and nothing is resolved with violence.
I just hope everything ends up well and that no mother as to cry for her child
gray_fairy 31st-Mar-2013 12:08 am (UTC)
This looks horrible and scary :/. I don't know why NK is doing this.
yanozuyanoki 31st-Mar-2013 01:18 am (UTC)
War is frikkin childish. I can imagine those star who join army right now is gonna be on alert every now and then. Poor Yoo Seung Ho still 19yo. This must be so frightening.
hillando 31st-Mar-2013 01:29 am (UTC)
I think I read somewhere that China is not having any of this and is actually trying to make NK change its mind?

But anyway, Koreans aren't really worried. I actually had a talk with a Korean friend of mine yesterday and she was just like "lolz NK is just a barking dog, it won't bite".
150daysoffall 31st-Mar-2013 02:36 am (UTC)
True thing about China. I think the minister gave a speech as well regarding this matter :-\
tempestdance 31st-Mar-2013 01:33 am (UTC)
I saw a hilarious Reddit post titled "NK declared a war on SK and I'm" and the content is "wondering what I should get for dinner. Soup? Any suggestions?"
ealanor 31st-Mar-2013 02:07 am (UTC)
This actually is very good example how people feel about it. Nobody cares, really. When the news came people were like, we have always been in a war, you nk idiots, and then started wondering where to go shopping, what to eat, what to do on weekend, etc. For me, that was so weird, 'cause if someone had given a threat like that to my country, people wouldn't just sit idle. Maybe because people are so used to nk to pull shit like this all the time. People are mainly hoping that all the other countries around would calm down and stop provoking nk.
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jasmineakaiumi 31st-Mar-2013 02:49 am (UTC)
lmao when I lived in Chile my logic was "if anything gets real with aliens or whatever we'll be fine bc everyone knows they only attack NY, Tokyo, Paris..."
goodgolly_miss 31st-Mar-2013 03:11 am (UTC)
Ugh, so tired of this. The only people who are making a big deal out of this are Western media sites. I'm in South Korea and no one cares, at all. I asked my students about this and they all responded with various degrees of "Huh," "So what?," and "Oh, they're crazy, just ignore them."

Nothing's going to happen, and if it does it'll be one of the small engagements that have happened in the past (i.e. Yeonpyeong Island or the Cheonan sinking.) Obviously those were both horrific but they're not the full-scale war that everyone's freaked out about. N. Korea knows exactly how far they need to go without starting a major conflict; they want respect and resources. They're not trying to nuke everyone.

Also if I hear any more of this PROTECT OUR OPPAS crap I'm going to punch someone, shit is annoying.
kiku_cha8_8 31st-Mar-2013 05:01 am (UTC)
I've been trying to contact my friend in Korea over this but shes been mia. I'm visiting in May and my parents are flipping out and trying to get me to refund my tix.
hellicoptajuuce 31st-Mar-2013 08:49 am (UTC)
wont happen. if it does they will lose and maybe the koreas can fibally become one
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