North Korea announces war

By Dirk Godder


Seoul (dpa) – North Korea announced Saturday that it was in a state of war with South Korea, in its ongoing angry rhetoric against South Korea and the United States. N. Korean leader orders missile forces to be on standby North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (sitting) convenes an urgent operation meeting at 0:30 a.m., March 29, 2013, in which he ordered strategic rocket forces to be on standby to strike U.S. and South Korean targets at anytime. Kim's order followed two U.S. stealth bombers' first-ever drill over the Korean Peninsula the previous day. The North berated the drill as another U.S. hostility against it. (No sales outside of S. Korea) (KCNA-Yonhap)/2013-03-29 10:45:49/  (Newscom TagID: yonphotos060198.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]

In a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Pyongyang said all inter-Korean issues would be dealt with in a wartime manner.

The two Koreas have technically remained at war after a ceasefire – and not a peace treaty – ended the 1950-53 Korean War.

The military was waiting for further orders from leader Kim Jong Un, KCNA reported.

On Friday, Kim issued orders to prepare strategic missiles for attack on the US and South Korea.

Pyongyang was reacting to a show of force by US stealth fighters that flew a 20,000-kilometre round trip to drop dummy bombs onto a South Korean training ground.

Despite the latest threat, North Korea was still allowing commuters through its border, the Defence Ministry in Seoul said.

Relations have deteriorated since North Korea’s third nuclear test on February 12, which led to a strengthening of international sanctions against it.

It has since issued repeated threats, including pre-emptive nuclear attacks.

Hundreds of South Koreans travel across the border to the jointly run Kaesong industrial complex daily, except Sundays. The park is one of the only sources of foreign currency for impoverished, isolated North Korea.