North Korea's official KCNA news agency declared on March 5 that the communist country has vowed to abrogate the 1953 armistice that ended the bloody three-year long conflict with South Korea should the United States and South Korea go forward with their annual two-month long war games.
KCNA attributed the threat to a spokesman of the Korean People's Army Supreme Command. "The U.S. imperialists and the south Korean puppet forces have stepped up confrontation moves against the DPRK over its legitimate satellite launch and nuclear test," read the KCNA report."They are now staging Foal Eagle joint military exercises, kicking up war hysteria. This has touched off the pent-up resentment of the service personnel and people of the DPRK and compelled them to harden their pledge to take thousand-fold retaliation against the enemies." Citing a North Korean army officer, KCNA reported that Ri Chol Hak said "Foal Eagle is a drill for invading the DPRK and a drill for a nuclear war."
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Referring to North Korea's ostensible leader, the pudgy playboy, the report declared, "Once Marshal Kim Jong Un issues an order, we will mercilessly punish the enemies with the arms of Mt. Paektu and successfully accomplish the cause of national reunification." It was only days ago that through his good friend, former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman, Kim issued a plea to President Barack Obama for a get together to discuss basketball rather than the path to war.
This is an uptick in the usual warlike rhetoric emanating from the totalitarian North. North Korea is facing international sanctions due to its undertaking of a nuclear weapons test in February of this year. The hermit-like country had already vowed to see to the "destruction" of prosperous South Korea if the joint military exercises should go ahead. Tensions have remained high between North and South Korea ever since the end of the Korean War. There still exists a state of war, since there has existed since 1953 a truce rather than a conclusive treaty.
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