U.N.'s Ban: Korean tensions 'gone too far'
This video grab taken from North Korean TV on March 20 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un overseeing a live fire military drill.
April 2nd, 2013
08:22 AM ET

U.N.'s Ban: Korean tensions 'gone too far'

[Updated at 8:22 a.m. ET] North Korea's announcement that it would restart all the facilities at its Yongbyon nuclear complex was followed by a plea for calm from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is himself South Korean.

Ban said he was "deeply troubled."

"The current crisis has already gone too far," he said in a statement from Andorra. "Nuclear threats are not a game. Aggressive rhetoric and military posturing only result in counter-actions, and fuel fear and instability.

[Posted at 2 a.m. ET] North Korea said Tuesday that it plans to restart all the facilities at its Yongbyon nuclear complex, including a uranium enrichment plant and a reactor that was shut down in 2007.

The announcement follows a new strategic line set out at a recent meeting of a key committee of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea on Sunday, the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Tuesday.

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  1. saywhat

    Fear & hate is what keeps a populace under the thumb.Time tested.

    April 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. saywhat

    Ike(Dwight D) had warned us of these times back then.

    April 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. chrissy

    How do we know ANY of this is true? Really. Just sayin.

    April 2, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Rascal Rabble

    mommayoustosay, if they sayyit they gonna do it...i would drone their "defunc" nuclear plant...so they won't even have one to startup...the impetus: any dud missile, north korean rock or dust landing on u s soil...he must be tryin' to fulfil his dad's deathbed wish...

    April 2, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. chrissy

    Lol @ Rascal, remember the american people were duped befory by the previous administrations claim of WMDs in Iraq! Could be that scenario all over again. Just sayin....

    April 2, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rascal Rabble

      same difference: lobbin' beercans and chickenbones over fence and dud missiles atcha neighbors...are WMD... you kno' there gonna be a serious fallin' out...

      April 2, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    MIC dominance@chrissy.

    April 2, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. saywhat

    sometime I wonder where are these people advocating perpetual wars coming from.
    The McCains, the Grahams, those riding the social scene, on these blogs.

    April 2, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. saywhat

    'cause rival powers & our enemies would want nothing better than to see US embroiled in never ending wars draining itself of lives, national treasure, prestige & credibility.

    April 2, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. The Prophet

    Nice hair cuts

    April 2, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "The Lunatic Fringe"

    "The Picture Above"
    Guuk lemonade stand

    April 2, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. ronvan

    Maybe the "supreme chubby one" has a death wish? This has gone way to far and has gotten to a point that one misstep can result in a war of unimanagiable consequences. Forget NK, they can be wiped out within a couple of days. It is China that is the concern! They will not allow a unified Korea with the possibility of U.S. forces or equipment right next to their border! And the U.S. and its allies will not allow China to invade / take control of NK. There are just to many countries in the area that have vested interests to see either of these situations happen!

    April 3, 2013 at 7:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
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