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North Korea Declares “State of War;” US Vows to Stand up to Threats
North Korean News Agency photo of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un meeting with his generals. In the background to the left is a map with lines drawn between North Korea and U.S. cities in Hawaii and the U.S. mainland. The lines supposedly are planned trajectories for an attack by North Korean ballistic missiles against the United States. According to the website NK News, Korean writing on the map reads “U.S. mainland strike plan.”
March 30, 2013
| Security
| Asia and the Pacific
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Tensions with North Korea continue to rise after Pyongyang said today that the Korean peninsula is entering a ‘state of war’ and U.S. officials vowed additional displays of military power to show America’s determination to protect its allies in the region. Although many in the West will laugh at the map in the above photo behind North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un supposedly showing a plan to attack the United States with missiles, the North’s escalating belligerent rhetoric has further raised the potential for a military incident.
North Korea again threatened to use nuclear weapons today when it said that provocations "will not be limited to a local war, but develop into an all-out war, a nuclear war.” The North also said it may close the South Korean-operated Kaesong industrial park, its last remaining tie with the South and a vital source of hard currency.
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