Just in case you still harbored any hopes that the new Kim was less crazy than the old Kim:
North Korea has accused the United States of using military drills in South Korea as a launch pad for a nuclear war and has scrapped the armistice with Washington that ended hostilities in the 1950-53 Korean War.
A North Korean general said on Tuesday that Pyongyang was scrapping the armistice. But the two sides remain technically at war as the civil war did not end with a treaty.
North Korea threatens the United States and its “puppet,” South Korea, on an almost daily basis.
“Since the United States is about to ignite a nuclear war, we will be exercising our right to preemptive nuclear attack against the headquarters of the aggressor in order to protect our supreme interest,” the North’s foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.
North Korea is poor, starving and increasingly politically isolated (China is introducing the new sanctions). Is this just saber rattling? Or is it possible that they are so delusional they think they could start a war? I’m betting on the former right now. But it probably behooves us to move some Patriots into Japan and South Korea and station some Aegis cruisers nearby.
Just in case they really are crazy.
Just in case you had any delusions that the new leader of North korea was any different:
North Korea successfully launched a rocket on Wednesday, boosting the credentials of its new leader and stepping up the threat the isolated and impoverished state poses to opponents.
The rocket, which North Korea says put a weather satellite into orbit, has been labeled by the United States, South Korea and Japan as a test of technology that could one day deliver a nuclear warhead capable of hitting targets as far away as the continental United States.
At this point, it’s hard to know what else we can do. We’ve tried sanctions and angry letters. We’ve tried negotiations. Military options are likely off the table given China’s proximity and support. I suspect we are developing or now have the ability to shoot down any missiles that threaten us. Other than that, there’s really not a lot.
So much for Kim III: The Search for More Crazy:
North Korea defied international warnings of censure and further isolation on Friday, launching a rocket that the United States and its allies called a provocative pretext for developing an intercontinental ballistic missile that might one day carry a nuclear warhead.
Fortunately, the rocket went only slightly farther than my old Saturn V model rocket before blowing itself into pieces. But they also may be ramping their nuclear program back up. The food deal cut just a few months ago has already been suspended.
Oh, well. Looks like North Koreans have another generation of savagery ahead of them.
Maybe Littler Kim isn’t quite as insane as Lil’ Kim:
North Korea has agreed to halt nuclear tests, long-range missile launches and enrichment activities at its Yongbyon nuclear complex in exchange for food aid from the United States, the State Department said Wednesday.
The state-run North Korean news agency, KCNA, announced the agreement separately.
This is the first positive sign we’ve had out of North Korea … ever? No, since just the last time Lil’ Kim played this game. But this may indicate that Kim Jong Un is not quite batshit insane enough to favor nuclear weapons over starving citizens.
I have no idea how this will play out. But let’s keep our fingers crossed.
Ya know, I got a pretty good idea of how the Hollywood Left would react to a Obama defeat next year…………something like this:
Quite a spectacle, the adoration and adulation for a glandular challenged dwarf, dear leader was much loved.
All these blubberers look well fed to me, so not all of the North Korean population is starving, that’s a relief. And just to show the world that is it be business as usual, they did a little saber rattling for display, “We still got game”.
North Korea test-fired two short-range missiles off its east coast on Monday, the same day it announced the death of leader Kim Jong-Il, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said.
I’ll say one thing for the little gollum, he provided a ready made blueprint for instant credibility for the rest of the tin horned dictators out there, if you want a place at the table and want the free world to give you shit, just get yourself an A bomb. Nothing garners respect and unlimited credit more then going nuclear.