North Korea Declares ‘All-Out’ State Of War Against South; US Takes Threats Seriously

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By Gopi Chandra Kharel | March 30, 2013 4:56 PM EST

In a latest statement among series of others carried by North Korea's KCNA agency, North Korea declared a "state of war" against the south and warned that conflict in the Korean peninsula would lead to an "all-out" nuclear war.

"From this moment, the north-south relations will be put at the state of war and all the issues arousing between the north and the south will be dealt with according to the wartime regulations" the statement said.

The warning came just a day after North Korea declared that it had put rockets carrying nuclear war-head on standby ready to strike the U.S. and warned to "blow up and reduce everything to ashes."

The heightened aggression reached a new level after the U.S. sent two stealth bomber flights to the Korean Peninsula Thursday as part of the ongoing Foal Eagle training exercise, the latest among series of measures taken by the US against the Feb 11 North Korean Nuclear test.

"It is self-evident that any military conflict on the Korean Peninsula is bound to lead to an all-out war, a nuclear war now that even U.S. nuclear strategic bombers in its military bases in the Pacific including Hawaii and Guam and in its mainland are flying into the sky above south Korea to participate in the madcap DPRK-targeted nuclear war moves," the strongly worded statement read.

North Korea has been issuing a series of threats from the beginning of March, after the U.S.-South Korea military exercise started. Despite warning, North is still running a joint industrial zone with the south in which hundreds of South Koreans enter the Northern bordering city of Kaesong every day.

In the industrial complex, 241 South Korean companies run factories employing cheap North Korean labor. It is the major source of hard currency for the communist nation hit by widespread impoverishment.

In a rare show of nuclear-capable force, the U.S. Thursday flew two highly sophisticated B-2 Bombers with a massive difficult-to-resist firepower. The U.S. said that the bombers were sent for the defense of South Korea and said that it was an "important element of America's enduring and robust extended deterrence capability in the Asia-Pacific region".

While the latest declaration of war seems to have no indication that North will ever droop down, the U.S. added that the move of sending the stealth bombers was also aimed at trying to nudge North Korea into dialogue.

South Korea, as it always did, shrugged off the latest threat saying that there was nothing new and noting alarming about it and went on with its daily lives despite North Korea's constant bombardment of words if not of rockets.

"Our military is maintaining full preparedness to leave no blind point in safeguarding the lives and safety of the people," the South Korean ministry said in a statement.

Washington has been showing signs of taking North's warning seriously, as indicated by many retaliatory and defensive moves including the ongoing military drills and the latest B-2 Bomber's flyby in Korean Peninsula.

"We've seen reports of a new and unconstructive statement from North Korea," AFP has quoted Caithlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the national Security Council, as saying, "We take these threats seriously and remain in close contact with our South Korean allies."

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