North Korea Says 'We Are At War With South'

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  1. North Korea says it has formally entered a "state of war" with its neighbour South Korea, according to state media.

    North Korea Says 'We Are At War With South'

    North Korea says it has entered a "state of war" with South Korea and will deal with "all matters" accordingly.

    "As of now, inter-Korea relations enter a state of war and all matters between the two Koreas will be handled according to wartime protocol," the North said in a statement broadcast by the official Korean Central News Agency.

    "The long-standing situation of the Korean peninsula being neither at peace nor at war is finally over."

    The statement also warned that any military provocation near the North-South land or sea border would result "in a full-scale conflict and a nuclear war".

    The two Koreas have always technically remained at war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice rather than a peace treaty.

    Earlier this month, the North said it was ripping up the armistice and other bilateral peace pacts signed with the South in protest against South Korea-US joint military exercises.

    The South Korean Defence Ministry spokesman, Kim Min-seok, said: "North Korea's continuing threats against South Korea such as saying it is 'entering a state of war' are never acceptable since it is harming peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.

    "Our recent military exercises such as 'Key Resolve and Foal Eagle' and the U.S. strategic bombers' deployment on the peninsula were defensive in nature against North Korea's possible provocations."

    The ministry also said "no particular troop movement" had been observed along the border.

    The US said it was taking the new threat "seriously" but said it was following a familiar pattern.

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

    Most analysts still believe this will remain a rhetorical rather than a physical battle, but the situation has now become so volatile that any slight miscalculation carries the potential for rapid escalation.

    Sky's Asia Correspondent Mark Stone said: "It is more rhetoric by North Korea until they actually do something. Wars tend to begin with bangs not announcements on state news agencies, so this is Mr Kim pushing the rhetoric up another level.

    "The problem is, he hasn't got any more levels to go to after this other than actual war - that is the big worry and the big unknown. Does his belligerence have a limit or not?

    "The assumption, and hope, is that he will stop at the eleventh hour but what if he doesn't? That is why the Americans, the South Koreans, the Japanese and, more quietly, the Chinese too are all taking it very seriously."

    Sources in Pyongyang say life continues as normal in the city.

    There are signs of civil construction with thousands of workers. Many of them are conscripts, and if war was imminent, then Kim would have called them up and they would not be busy building apartment blocks and hotels.

    Yesterday, both China and Russia asked for all sides to co-operate to prevent the situation worsening, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov voicing particular concern.

    "We can simply see the situation getting out of control, it would spiral down into a vicious circle," Mr Lavrov told journalists.

    His warning came after the North's leader Kim Jong-Un ordered missile units to prepare to strike US mainland and military bases, vowing to "settle accounts" after US stealth bombers flew over the South.

    US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel stressed that Washington would not be cowed by Pyongyang's threats and stood ready to respond to "any eventuality".

    The standoff has its roots in the North's successful long-range rocket launch in December and the third nuclear test it carried out in February.

    Both events drew UN sanctions that incensed Pyongyang, which then switched the focus of its anger to the annual joint South Korea-US military drills.

    As tensions escalated, Washington has maintained a notably assertive stance, publicising its use of nuclear-capable B-52s and B-2 stealth bombers.

    The long-distance deployment of both sets of aircraft were intended as a clear signal of US commitment to defending the South against any act of aggression.
  2. Morning!!!

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention, can I for one say I am glad you are not Intelligence.
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  3. Sorry dont have the BBC website open, so defo not Int Corps
  4. I'm not very enlightened [been watching sky news for too many sad years now!]. Are they after an aid package or something so that they'll **** off?
  5. Just been on the radio that the Kaesong industrial park is still open btw.
  6. But you do have ARRSE open, I wonder if North Korea Intelligance scan this site....

    News just in, no less than eight B-2 Stealth Bombers have just taken off from Diego Garcia - reports indicated they utilised ski jumps on the runway to get them into the air as they had so many bombs on board. I wouldnt want to be in Pjong Pjang now....
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  7. There was an official armistice, just no peace treaty. What they're saying is that the armistice is off and it's back to normal jogging.
  8. seaweed

    seaweed LE Book Reviewer

    At what point will China sit on Kim's head?
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  9. If the US get all their toys out in Korea, does that mean we have to go and play too?
  10. Mr_Fingerz

    Mr_Fingerz LE Book Reviewer

    We did last time.
  11. They want the UN sanctions lifted and free food convoys from the South to resume. The idiots in charge label these aid convoys as 'war reparation payments' from the South rather than the charity to a bankrupt nation in its third year of devastating famine.
  12. Hawkeye's not gonna be pleased.
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  13. Who sold Kimmy his Apple Computer?.The two Korea's have technically been at war since June 1950 so he is just stating the obvious.If he ever states that the 'Armistice' is over then we will worry.

    Stand by for 'Pork Chop Hill' the sequel.
  14. No you can't have South Korea!