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How crazy are the North Koreans?

North Korea to cut all channels with South

SEOUL | Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:14pm EDT

SEOUL (Reuters) - Reclusive North Korea is to cut the last channel of communications with the South because war could break out at "any moment", it said on Wednesday, days of after warning the United States and South Korea of nuclear attack.

The move is the latest in a series of bellicose threats from North Korea in response to new U.N. sanctions imposed after its third nuclear test in February and to "hostile" military drills under way joining the United States and South Korea.

The North has already stopped responding to calls on the hotline to the U.S. military that supervises the heavily armed Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and the Red Cross line that has been used by the governments of both sides.

"Under the situation where a war may break out at any moment, there is no need to keep north-south military communications which were laid between the militaries of both sides," the North's KCNA news agency quoted a military spokesman as saying.

"There do not exist any dialogue channel and communications means between the DPRK and the U.S. and between the north and the south."

The Pentagon condemned the latest escalation in North Korean rhetoric, with spokesman George Little calling Pyongyang's declaration "yet another provocative and unconstructive step."

The U.S. military announced on March 15 it was bolstering missile defenses in response to threats from the North, including a threat to conduct a preemptive nuclear strike against the United States.

Despite the shrill rhetoric, few believe North Korea, formally known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), will risk starting a full-out war.

North and South Korea are still technically at war anyway after their 1950-53 civil conflict ended with an armistice, not a treaty, which the North says it has since torn to pieces.

The "dialogue channel" is used on a daily basis to process South Koreans who work in the Kaesong industrial project where 123 South Korean firms employ more than 50,000 North Koreans to make household goods.

About 120 South Koreans are stationed at Kaesong at any one time on average.

It is the last remaining joint project in operation between the two Koreas after South Korea cut off most aid and trade in response to Pyongyang's shooting of a South Korean tourist and the sinking of a South Korean naval vessel blamed on the North.

Kaesong is one of North Korea's few hard currency earners, producing $2 billion a year in trade with the South, and Pyongyang is unlikely to close it except as a last resort.

The North's military spokesman representing its "supreme command" did not mention Kaesong, which has suffered temporary shutdowns before.

The South's government said it would take steps to ensure the safety of the workers at Kaesong. It did not elaborate.

by Anonymousreply 1303/30/2013

North Korea just comes across so Glenn Close in "Fatal Attraction" these days.

"I will not be ignored!"

by Anonymousreply 103/28/2013

Thanks, R2, who just proved his own point with just bitchery and no substance.

by Anonymousreply 303/28/2013

R3 - you have to admit that R2 has a point though...

by Anonymousreply 403/28/2013

Grinning at r1.

Between Russia and China, which one is NK's benefactor?

Never mind the US's reaction. To me, the more intriguiing question is how those two react. Is it really in their best interest to have NK off its meds?

On a personal level, the nihilist in me doesn't care who has nukes except to hope that if missiles are launched that upon explosion I'm standing right beneath one of them. Hell, the problem isn't dying in a nuclear attack, it's surviving.

Humans have had a mixed run. If we do ourselves in, so be it.

by Anonymousreply 503/28/2013

It's all about Kim Jung Un looking like a badass to the military to keep from them attempting a coup. All bark, no bite. An accident could trigger a confrontation, though.

by Anonymousreply 603/28/2013

OP, it doesn't matter.

Obama promised in his first campaign to "eliminate North Korea's nuclear weapons program"

Relax....it's all good

by Anonymousreply 703/28/2013

[quote] The North has already stopped responding to calls on the hotline to the U.S. military

I'll bet North Korea's hotline still looks like this

by Anonymousreply 803/28/2013

We sent B-2's to South Korea. I love Obama!!!

It likevhe's saying "You wanna see bad ass, bitch? I"ll show you bad ass. You won't even see the shit coming!"

by Anonymousreply 903/28/2013

They'e such drama queens. I love the female news reader best.

by Anonymousreply 1003/29/2013

R8, no problem. North Korea only used the hotline to order pizza from Seoul.

by Anonymousreply 1103/30/2013

R8, LOOK at ALL those PENCIL MARKS on the phone!!!

by Anonymousreply 1203/30/2013

Can't we just fly a drone over there and release leaflets to the masses and inform them their leader is batshit crazy. They only know what they are told by government TV. they have no clue.

by Anonymousreply 1303/30/2013
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