May 25th, 2010
11:48 AM ET

North Korea says it is severing ties with South Korea

Mounting tensions on the Korean Peninsula reached a new level Tuesday as a North Korean agency announced that the communist nation is severing all ties with its neighbor to the south and will "abrogate the agreement on non-aggression."

A spokesman for North Korea's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea accused South Korean President Lee Myung-bak of falsely blaming Pyongyang for the sinking in March of the South Korean warship Cheonan, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

An official South Korean report said the North fired a torpedo at the warship, killing 46 sailors. Since then relations between the Koreas has turned increasingly frosty.

Lee has already announced that South Korea was suspending trade with North Korea, closing its waters to the North's ships and adopting a newly aggressive military posture toward its neighbor.

While in China on Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States supports the finding on the Cheonan's sinking.

She urged North Korea on Monday to reveal what it knows about the "act of aggression." She also said the United States' "support for South Korea's defense is unequivocal" and that North Korea should "stop its belligerence and threatening behavior."

U.S. President Barack Obama has directed military commanders to work with South Korean troops "to ensure readiness and to deter future aggression" from North Korea.

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  1. Smith in Oregon

    While the considerable diplomatic skills of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears to have settled down South Korea's response to North Korea allegedly firing a torpedo at a South Korean warship, sinking it and killing several sailors, South Korea has moved to a psychological war response.

    Despite repeated North Korean warnings, South Korea has begun broadcasting defection propaganda thru speakers, radio stations and bill boards mounted on the massive border crossing.

    North Korea has specifically stated they would fire their artillery at any border crossings that have speakers blasting defection propaganda from. Obviously with the sudden drop in the North Korean currency and the Asian Stock Markets, this is seen as a serious development.

    It is entirely likely North Korea will indeed fire their artillery on border crossings that have active speakers promoting North Korean civilians to defect to South Korea. China is urging patience, however thanks to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, South Korea has time on her side.

    Will North Korea blink, or open up with her artillery at the billboards and speakers on the border crossings promoting defection to South Korea? Much of the Millions of civilians residing in Seoul, South Korea are within range of North Korean artillery batteries. If North Korea open's up with selected artillery barrages, this razor edge stalemate could almost immediately escalate. I wonder why China is sounding confident that peace will continue?

    May 25, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saladin

      Because China's the one FEEDING North Korea. Do what we say or get ready for Super Diet. North Korea might start something but it'll be China that ends it if they do.

      September 17, 2010 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. Human

    Only a war will stop North Korea for good. Bring it on Kim...

    May 25, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Concerned4Fla

    I wonder what China's doing behind the scenes. I mean, they own the peninsula, and can't be feeling great about hundreds of thousands of Korean refugees pouring into China.

    I think China is confident because they know their dog (NK) is leashed. If they fire that artillery across the border, I have a feeling South Korea would unleash its own fighting force and whip their decrepit asses. Nobody's scared of NK's military–it's just that no country wants to deal with the massive refugee problem that would be created.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gates9

    "so ronery, I'm so ronery"

    These guys are wacky. South Korea is their second largest trade partner. idiots. Outside of China, don't they get most of their aid from the South and us? Once again, shooting themselves in the foot, while it's in their mouth.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Leon

    Can anyone give me a reason why? Why the outspoken leader of North Korea would deny firing a missile at a South Korean boat?

    May 25, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      Because HE didnt fire it silly! His military did. Were looking for SPECIFIC details here before we point the finger

      May 25, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ChairmanMao

    Kim Jong IL is a disgrace to Communism. He has me rolling in my grave.

    I am commanding China in cooperation with South Korea and the U.S. to attack North Korea mercilessly.

    For the people,
    Mao Tse Tung

    May 25, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Fred


    May 25, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bob

    N.korea is full of nuts

    May 25, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      so is my sack

      May 25, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ruffnutt

    @ leon cause the north korean sub commander was drunk and they were playing see how close you can get with out hitting it...

    May 25, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. M.OAK

    my sister teaches in Seoul south korea, teaching children to speak english. how worried should i be? do i tell her to get the heck out? or that its all political BS that will blow because the US and China are just that scary?

    May 25, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. lee-chae-hyun

    I think that north korea isbad. Why they shoot south korea? They didn't do anything.

    May 26, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • lee-chae-hyun


      May 26, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. Freedom First.....

    This situation is NOT specific to the Korean peninsula. It is in fact another deadly symptom of Communism which claims to be for the people but instead benefits only the top leaders and those who agree to twist truths and policies for personal gain.

    Yet, the Western nations are sliding down a slippery path of ignoring this reality and continue to do business with them in the same manner as they do Democratic countries. This was not the case with USSR where Reagan and others held harder line and ultimately triumphed with the fall of the Berlin wall and the freeing of millions in Eastern Europe.

    Check out this link to a band's video that says all of this in music by pasting the link below into your browser

    June 3, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • JR

      @ Freedom First:


      June 3, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |