SEOUL, March 30 (Reuters) - North Korea said on Saturday it was entering a "state of war" with South Korea in a continuing escalation of tough rhetoric against Seoul and Washington after coming under international sanctions for its nuclear test.
"From this time on, the North-South relations will be entering the state of war and all issues raised between the North and the South will be handled accordingly," a statement carried by the North's official KCNA news agency said. (source)
Experts on CNN were saying that what's happening is really spurred by the North Korean military not the young Kim Jong Un. They also say it's mostly for internal consumption, trying to make the new leader look strong and forceful to a society that still reveres age. Internally, he has been demoting and firing top military officers. It may be that, through him, the most hard of the hard liners in the military are consolidating their power.
The military experts on CNN said that they doubted North Korea would follow up on any of its threats against the U.S. or South Korea. In fact, they'd be crazy. Why? Because they'd lose, despite having the fourth largest army in the world. And they could hardly expect much help from China. North Korea is pretty much a drag on the Chinese economy, with North Korea needing to suck at their teat due to the fact that its economy is a total shambles.
And why would China want to see the U.S. defeated, what with the steady flow of cash from here to there due to all the American debt China owns. The U.S. is their golden goose right now.
China is so pissed off and North Korea that for the first time ever they have joined in with international sanctions against North Korea.
All that said, North Korea is making strides in terms of ballistic missile development, so they will be more of a worry in the future.
Those are my thoughts. What are yours?
Let's just keep it clear, for the public record, that we never had a relationship.
Just ran out of popcorn. Be right back.
The "source" I can claim that we did have a "relationship" is that you and I both accepted the friendship here on TA. Or do you just not consider people on here as friends even if you accept their friendship? See you are WRONG. Get over it.
Holy fuck - you think that accepting 'friend requests' makes you 'friends' with someone - and that is a relationship? I don't even know half the people on my friends list here. Most just send a friend request after getting a lol out of something I said on the forums. This is the internet - it's not like those people are gonna show up on moving day and carry my sofa down to the truck.
@Nate - I can understand you getting annoyed, but I lollllllled. You've got to admit that was good.
Well, I'm guessing they won't be taking long showers together anytime soon --
Still waiting on that popcorn --
This is a fascinating topic (to me) because I think of NK as not just a country with rabid nationalism, but as a cult. They're dangerous because they're suffering, insecure, nuts, and suicide-ready, worshiping the divinity of their leader. I'm continually surprised by the media's optimism whenever a new agreement is struck with NK, because NK always renigs. It's so predictable that I think we--especially as atheists--should be able to learn something from them about cult behavior in general, and errant, marginalized human behavior.
I agree, this perpetual optimism followed by deception that is then "forgiven" over and over is baffling to me also. Humans are weird, hahaha
That's what - as a species - makes us so fascinating.