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?
She said that the North could just easily "take" the South. That sounds like trashing to me. Like I said, I'm a bit sensitive so I should just chill out and take a breath about this. hahaha
I respect your passion and your loyalty - I lived in Mexico for a number of years, and defend Mexicans as passionately (though possibly with more tact), as you do South Koreans.
Yogurt is soured milk, wine is soured grapes, kimchi is soured cabbage. Move out of your father's basement and get a life. I haven't trashed SK - you've just decided to make a personal attack that is as pathetic as your life.
I think you're jumping to conclusions. Those army boots you saw in the basement belong to the mother.
Your true colors shining through. I apologize about hurting your feelings and you attack me even more so and even more viciously. I feel sorry for you and your grumpy disposition. Seek psychological help please?
I disagree with your faulty premises and you consider it a personal attack. That is not a good way to debate just in case you weren't aware.
Please state that faulty premise. Do not worry about hurting my feelings -> I would actually have to have some respect for you before your opinion could affect me emotionally.
True about a long-term war like in Afghanistan, but NK could probably wipe out millions in less than a month, if so ordered. They're ready and willing to jump from posturing and bluster into quick, deadly force. As miserable as the country has been, I think they could even be suicidal.
Most of their military is busy being guards for concentration camps and "re-education" camps to actually be of much use in a real war. I don't see why people think that South Korea is some wimpy place.
South Koreans would be able to kill many more North Koreans if a war broke out. They have much more advanced missiles and other technology that is just not reported about as much as the stuff in the North.
I'm not saying I want to see any kind of war but the North is just like a 5 year old bully that is flailing his arms around for attention. They would have to be suicidal to actually start a war. I can't tell the future but I don't think they want that if past evidence can be used as a future indicator.
North Korea is testing the water, in search of paper tigers - mixed metaphor, but no less accurate.
If you're already be living in a kind of Hell, suicide doesn't seem like such a bad option.
Try as you may, you will never drive me to that --
Nate, I'm not saying anything about a wimpy SK. I don't think that who can "win" a war is an issue as much as its potential (or probable, in my opinion) level of destruction... on both sides. Millions of quick casualties, no?
(Another point, btw... if we can consider NK a cult, they, too will also be innocent victims of their bully-leader.)