Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

North Korea Targets Hawaii, Guam in Latest Threat

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

North Korea Targets Hawaii, Guam in Latest Threat

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North Korea announced today in a blizzard of threats that it is ready to target US military bases in Guam and Hawaii as part of a full-alert military posture. The threats included other targets in the US, and in South Korea, in what has been a steady escalation of rhetoric.

The Korean Peoples Army Supreme Command, which rarely itself issues such statements since it is a wartime body, stated the alert was due to the American nuclear war racket that has gone beyond the danger line, and entered the phase of an actual war, defying the repeated warnings from the army and people of [North Korea.]

The statement warned puppet authorities in Seoul to be mindful that everything will be reduced to ashes and flames, reported Yonhap news agency.

North Korea has vowed in the past to turn Seoul into a "sea of fire." And the latest threats from Pyongyang, which has made technical progress with its missile range, though has not yet proven it can "weaponize" or nuclear-tip those rockets apparently do not target the Japanese mainland.

The escalation of threats on the peninsula largely follow new articulations: There has been a US-South Korean military exercise, the election of South Korea's new President Park Geun-hye, whose father was in various trysts with the grandfather of Kim Jong-un, North Koreas new leader, the Norths own declared abrogation of the historic Korean War armistice, and other frictions, some of which appear created by Pyongyang to create waves and to make North Korean citizens believe their world is at the center of the universe.

Think, for example, of the colorful recent visit of former NBA- bad boy Dennis Rodman to the Hermit Kingdom, and the mass attention that got.

The New York Times today writes:

The threat from the Norths Korean Peoples Army Supreme Command came only hours after President Park Geun-hye of South Korea warned that the North Korean leadership could ensure its survival only when it abandons its nuclear weapons, long-range missiles, provocations and threats.

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have risen following North Koreas launching of a three-stage rocket in December and its third nuclear test last month. …

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