Strange timing as the noise continues
North Korea has promised “unimaginable, merciless punishment” against those who have provoked it, after the world condemned its testing of a nuclear bomb.
Analysts in Seoul say the dramatic escalation could lead to “skirmishes” along the 38th parallel in coming weeks.
The North is particularly upset that South Korea, under the conservative President Lee Myung-bak, responded to Monday’s underground blast by joining a US-led nuclear non-proliferation security initiative to intercept vessels suspected of carrying banned materials.
Pyongyang said it would abandon the truce that ended the devastating Korean War in 1953. “Those who have provoked us will face unimaginable, merciless punishment,” the official Korean Central News Agency said.
“Any tiny hostile acts against our republic, including the stopping and searching of our peaceful vessels … will face an immediate and strong military strike in response.”
Most North Korea-watchers say the recent belligerency reflects a domestic political transition, with the military in the ascendancy and ailing dictator Kim Jong-il positioning to ensure one of his sons succeeds him.
Former President Roh Moo-hyun of South Korea, whose reputation as an upstanding political leader had been tarnished recently by a corruption scandal, committed suicide on Saturday by jumping off a cliff near his retirement home, according to his aides and the police.
Mr. Roh, 62, died while he was hiking on a hill in Bongha, a village near the southeast corner of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, Mr. Roh’s former presidential chief of staff, said during a news conference. He left a brief will for his family, Mr. Moon said.
Mr. Roh suffered fatal head injuries and was declared dead in a hospital in Pusan, the largest regional city, said Park Chan-jo, a police officer. Mr. Roh was accompanied by a bodyguard during his morning hike.
what is the connection here? suicide and the north going off
the timing is to coincidental
is kim dead?..if hes alive does he “want to be buried in seoul”? or is he flexing for his sucessor
the north provoking like never before a week after the ex south korean president suicides..who is the bodyguard?
either way its a big ramp up now and things are on the move every hour it seems
big test for obama..it wont be good if he looks weak here..but what does he do?..ignore?..he cant..the founding member of the axis of evil,and one of only 3-5 countries in the world with no rothschild presence interestingly enough..japan is debating pre-emptive strikes, the 1953 treaty is rejected by the north and then the south joined the navy of interceptors which the north says means “war”..i dont think so yet, but i dont say that with any confidence in this climate..but some sort of war will come once we have really hit the bottom..not 6500..