On the Radar: North Korea's new threats, California storms, Obama's momentum
December 23rd, 2010
09:33 AM ET

On the Radar: North Korea's new threats, California storms, Obama's momentum

Korea tensions - North Korea threatened Thursday to launch a "sacred war" after South Korea completed large military exercises near the volatile inter-Korean border.

The long-planned South Korean exercises (pictured above), billed as its largest land and air winter drills, were conducted 15 miles from the North Korean border.

The North's threats are raising fears among South Koreans, and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, admitted the two sides were "very close" to war when he arrived in North Korea last week. CNN takes a look at what's behind the tensions and will continue to watch this developing story.

Devastating storms - You couldn't tell from the images of flash floods and residents knee-deep in mud, but forecasters expect the devastating rainstorms in Southern California to begin winding down Thursday afternoon.

Monsoonlike conditions overwhelmed the region Wednesday, creating flash floods that kept workers at home and businesses and streets under mud and water.

Obama and the not so lame-duck Congress - President Barack Obama on Wednesday hailed major legislation passed by Congress in the lame-duck session, saying such progress showed "we're not doomed to endless gridlock."

The political developments are ones that CNN senior political analyst David Gergen hailed as a "stunning turnaround" for the president after Democratic losses in the midterm elections.

soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Frank

    People of the United States and South Korea,
    To be blunt and unsophisticated in my comments because CNN
    likes comments like that.If Obama does not have the guts to NUKE North Korea if they invade South Korea,then England and France need to do the job to prevent millions of deaths on the American and South Korean side.

    December 23, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. robert

    they should. put all the people. that want to go. to war. on one island. and blow. them up. i think. all this. is childsgames.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. robert

    why dosent obama talk. to the koreans. and tell them. what there doing. is not worth. they dont think. about. the kids. i think both koreas. are stupid.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
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    December 23, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
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    December 23, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
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    December 23, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
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    medusa.

    December 23, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    @Moreira: Que?

    December 23, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dbox

    new track feat rhianna http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sH4zZctQPb8

    December 23, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Clem K'diddlehopper

    It would be an intesting statement to say if one were to say that God hates me so much that he makes every human being on Earth hate me before they even meet me. I seem to give some mysterious first impression that causes people to hate me. I know i am a humble and loving person, and i know that in this world, people don't want to be humble and loving in return. So i get outcast as an ugly person. People are drawn to others when they feel sorry for them, but when you display self-sufficiency, they feel threatened and they become defensive- or offensive.

    December 23, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Derrick

    Less war more food and cheaper rent better world

    December 23, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar

    Clem'K: Merry Xmas to you Clem.

    December 24, 2010 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  13. bambam

    If the north isn't stop they could nuk us and posibly the world some one needs to take over the nk and free them retards we could all be in danger or just blow up the nuclear plants they have so they can't kill us all

    December 24, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  14. bambam

    Merry christ mas

    December 24, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |