Nothing new, says Seoul
The South Korean government brushed off the North's latest statement on entering a state of war, saying there was nothing fresh in it to cause greater alarm
The North has been threatening to attack the South and US military bases almost on a daily basis since the beginning of March, when the US and South Korean militaries started routine drills
US terms it ‘bellicose rhetoric’
white house national security council spokeswoman
We’ve seen reports of a new and unconstructive statement from N Korea. We take these threats seriously. But, we would also note that the North has a long history of bellicose rhetoric and threats and Saturday’s announcement follows that familiar
What analysts say
Analysts say a full-scale conflict is extremely unlikely, noting that the Korean Peninsula has remained in a technical state of war for 60 years under a truce that ended their 1950-53 conflict
Seoul, March 30
North Korea said on Saturday it was entering a "state of war" with South Korea, its latest bout of angry rhetoric directed at Seoul and Washington, but the South brushed off the statement as little more than tough talk. The White House said it takes North Korea's latest saber-rattling threats seriously while cautioning that Pyongyang has a long history of bellicose rhetoric.
The North also threatened to shut down an industrial zone it operates jointly with the South near the heavily armed border between the two sides if Seoul continued to say the complex — the last major symbol of inter-Korean cooperation — was being kept running for money.
The South Korean government brushed off the North's latest statement on entering a state of war, saying there was nothing fresh in it to cause greater alarm. South Koreans went about with daily lives as they have done through March under the North's constant threat of attack.
The two Koreas have been technically in a state of war for six decades under a truce that ended their 1950-53 conflict. Despite its threats, few people see any indication Pyongyang will risk a near-certain defeat by re-starting full-scale war.
"From this time on, North-South relations will be entering the state of war and all issues raised between the North and the South
will be handled accordingly," a statement carried by the North's official KCNA news agency said. — Reuters