UPDATE: Oh Christ, now North Korea really means business:
Some cool shots of chicks with ushankas and AKs, too.
ORIGINAL POST: North Korea declared today it was ripping up non-aggression agreements with the South:
North Korea has announced it is voiding non-aggression pacts with South Korea and severing its hotline with Seoul, hours after threatening the US with a pre-emptive nuclear strike.
North Korea “abrogates all agreements on non-aggression reached between the North and the South,” the state-run Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea said in a statement.
“It notifies the South side that it will immediately cut off the North-South hotline,” said the statement, which was carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.
Given the sinking of the Cheonan and the shelling of Yeonpyeong-do, you’d be forgiven for believing there were no such agreements to abrogate.
Anyway, nice hats, guys. Looking sharp.
North Korea criticized the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises, too:
“The frantic Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises being staged by the South Korean warmongers together with the U.S. in the land, air and seas of South Korea … are open acts of aggression against the DPRK and a vivid expression of wanton violation of all the agreements on nonaggression reached between the North and the South,” the statement said.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un also visited yesterday the coastal artillery unit that bombarded Yeonpyeong-do , where he said the Korean military was ready to commence a “Korean-style full-scale war”—I’ll allow readers to interpret on their own what that means.
Kim also apparently got to ride a boat while he was down there (see last photo), which must have been fun.
The South Koreans have aren’t taking it quietly—they’d don’t have North Korea’s mad, Gary Payton-esque trash-talking skills, but they’ve still got game. South Korean trash talk also tends to be blissfully easier to translate.
Defense Ministry Kim Min-seok warned North Korea that if they attacked the South with a nuke, the Kim Jong-un regime would “vanish from the earth.” Sure, nukes were used to end World War II, Kim noted, but if the North attacks a society living happily within a liberal democratic system like South Korea, mankind would not forgive them. He also said North Korea’s talk of preemptive nuclear strikes were a threat and blackmail directed at the Korean people.
About KJU’s visit to the unit that attacked Yeonpyeong-do, Kim said he thought the visit showed North Korea’s intention to launch provocations against the South, but warned that no matter where Kim Jong-un goes or what he does, the South Korean military would mercilessly respond to North Korean provocations. He added that this time, there would be no limit to the scale of South Korea’s retaliation.
The main way South Korea shit talks, though, is by leaking stuff to the conservative press. In this case, the JoongAng Ilbo got their hands on some video material that lends credence to South Korean threats that they’d go after command units should North Korea launch a provocation. The video shows not only the headquarters building of what experts believe to be the unit that hit Yeonpyeong-do, but also marks the location within that building of the command room. A military official said the location of the room was learned through humint. According to the report, South Korea could hit that office with SLAM-ERs launched from F-15Ks.
Not all is shit talk, though—the Chosun Ilbo warned that with the North Koreans talking of a new precision nuclear devise, there is speculation the North might have their hands on an honest-to-God EMP device. North Korea’s never mentioned they have one, but former CIA analyst Peter Vincent Pry said Russian scientists had told him that EMP technology had been leaked to the North Koreans.
If the North Koreans were to detonate an EMP device over South Korea, it would truly such since not only is Korea the world’s most wired nation, but it’s major military command facilities have done a piss-poor job of proofing themselves against an EMP attack. The ROK military is working on improving the situation, but protection won’t be complete until 2015.
It would also suck if a North Korean EMP went off over the United States, although I must confess, “Dark Angel” was a pretty cool series. Shame it lasted only two seasons.
Oh, and North Korea might test launch a mobile ICBM.