Monday, July 03, 2006

North Korea Blusters

As its next move in the missile crisis, North Korea has decided to make baseless accustions and insane threats against the United States. Widely reported today -- here's an AP report in Forbes -- is an article from the North Korean state-run Korean Central News Agency. From the AP/Forbes:

North Korea would respond to a pre-emptive U.S. military attack with an "annihilating strike and a nuclear war," the state-run media said Monday, heightening anti-U.S. rhetoric amid close scrutiny of its missile program.

The Korean Central News Agency, citing an unidentified Rodong Sinmun newspaper "analyst," accused the United States of increasing military pressure on the isolated communist state and basing new spy planes on the Korean Peninsula.

I can't seem to find the English version of the quoted article, but there is an article at the KCNA site which mentions Rodong Sinmun. That article is merely a compendium of lunatic communist platitudes about U.S. aggression and the pride and dignity of the socialist state.

Here's the scary bit from the AP/Forbes piece:
Monday's report accused Washington of escalating military pressure on the country with war exercises, a massive arms buildup and aerial espionage by basing new spy planes in South Korea.

"This is a grave military provocation and blackmail to the DPRK, being an indication that the U.S. is rapidly pushing ahead in various fields with the extremely dangerous war moves," the dispatch said.

"The army and people of the DPRK are now in full preparedness to answer a pre-emptive attack with a relentless annihilating strike and a nuclear war with a mighty nuclear deterrent," the report said.

Of course, it's only scary if we assume that North Korea actually has nuclear weapons, and that's just crazy, right? Right? Anyone?

Meanwhile, Hot Air has more information about the "reunion" of the South Korean abductee with his family, as well as a passage from a chilling Time magazine article about North Korea.

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