The harder KCNA’s writers work on their invective, the more this blog just writes itself:
“If the U.S. imperialists start another war, the army and people of Korea will … wipe out the aggressors on the globe once and for all,” the official Korean Central News Agency said. [Fox News]
And of the so-called U.S. nuclear umbrella over South Korea, KCNA offers this new variation on “sea of fire:”
North Korea condemned a recent U.S. pledge to provide nuclear defense of South Korea, saying Thursday that the move boosts its justification to hold onto atomic bombs and invites a potential “fire shower of nuclear retaliation.” [AP]
Under the present serious situation where arms race is escalated and peace is seriously disturbed, the DPRK is left with no option but to further bolster up its war deterrent under the banner of Songun in order to protect the right of the country and the nation to exist and its sovereignty and security. [KCNA]
Because as everyone knows, Barack Obama is a closet neocon who entered the presidency wanting nothing more than to provoke North Korea and escalate the arms race. (Hey, there are some people who really believe this.) The Pentagon’s reaction to this was a big “WTF?”
“I don’t even know how to respond to that. It’s silliness,” said Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell.” For what and with what?” [Fox News]
President Bush removed North Korea from the list of state sponsors of terrorism on October 11, 2008 to reward its regime for promising to give up its nuclear weapons. Under 18 U.S.C. sec. 2331, “international terrorism” includes acts that “appear to be intended” to “intimidate or coerce a civilian population” or “to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion. Discuss.
Related: Obama extends sanctions on North Korean property.