As the world ponders its economic future and austerity keeps ratcheting tighter, in steps North Korea with a threat to reduce South Korea’s government ‘to ashes’ in under four minutes.

[adsenseyu1]North Korea’s military made the statement over its state media and just further increases tension between the two states already separated by the 38th parallel, just about the most militarised zone in the world.

The North Koreans have already shown how willing they are to resort to force when they sank a South Korean warship two years ago.

Having recently failed in an attempt to test what many believe was a long range missile designed to carry a nuclear payload, the North Koreans are now in the process of digging a tunnel according to satellite imagery, which could be used to test a nuclear device say the South Koreans. This has been confirmed by sources in Pyogyang and Beijing says the National Post. And some are saying that the failed missile flight could be a blow to North Korean national pride that might increase risks going forward.

The North Korean military has said in its statement that it will start ‘special actions’ against the government of the south as well as its conservative media and “reduce all the rat-like groups and the bases for provocations to ashes in three or four minutes, (or) in much shorter time, by unprecedented peculiar means and methods of our own style”.

There are fears that North Korea might be intending to conduct terrorist actions against South Korea and others are saying that it is just talk designed to disturb relations between the two countries.

But with the two sides standing between China and 30,000 US troops this should send a bit of a shiver down the spine!


Nuclear explosion

Nuclear explosion

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