Overhead on CNN.com: Tired of North Korea’s threats
North Korea reacted with threats after South Korea marked the first anniversary of the Yeonpyeong Island attacks November 23.
November 25th, 2011
12:16 PM ET

Overhead on CNN.com: Tired of North Korea’s threats

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Comment of the morning:

“What a sad situation. They are all Koreans with family on both sides of that once one nation.“ -isallwon

North Korea threatens South Korea

Another round of threats from North Korea came a day after South Korea staged exercises near Yeonpyeong Island, marking the anniversary of the North's deadly shelling that killed two marines and two civilians. In response to the South’s exercises, the North's military threatened "a sea of fire" upon the South's presidential office.

CNN.com readers had plenty to say about the ongoing conflict in the region.

Some readers said the North’s response was predictable.

TheEZD said, “Every so often, North Korea must think ‘Hey, I have not been in the news lately, time to send another warning to the south/world for (rolls dice) military exercises!’”

GODis responded, “Then the following week, they are asking for handouts again to feed their starving people, and then the food, medicine goes straight to the military. Enough is enough, 60 years of this BS. The Generals in the North Korean military don't even talk to each other, they are only concerned with the state of their own little kingdom, within the larger kingdom.”

Mike881j said, “The South sends food and supplies to the North, and the North sends threats back South. One day the world is going to be sick of the constant threats and war mongering by the North and finally stamp out that awful regime.”

LouisSilex said, “Not them again ! I thought China had bought that place or something!"

CNN.com readers debated what China would do if a full-scale war broke out between the two countries.

Brad76 said, “China does NOT want America near China's border. China would more than likely defend North Korea, they've done it once they'll do it again. This is simply not worth the loss of human life, and waging war while financially unstable is not wise. Time to wake up to reality.”

Callahan9119 said, “The North couldn't sustain a war effort for more than a couple weeks. No, food, fuel, parts, infrastructure, communications. They have nothing. If they initiated a war nobody, including China, would help them.”

pbzekeg said, “I agree. China will not surrender all what they have gained in the last 20 years to save North Korean. It the North attack the South the War will be over in less than 4 weeks. I served in Korea in 1958 and 1962 and I can tell you the South is READY.”

Callahan9119 said, “This isn't the 60's, if the North did something big they would cut bait. China is already sick of them. They get something if the North is just belligerent, they gain nothing from a war, in fact they lose. Millions of people would flee into China.”

Other readers simply lamented the threat of war.

tomn8r said, “Too bad we can't all just get along eh? sucks that we have to always spend zillions on weapon systems. money that could be used to make this little rock a complete paradise 4all. nothing we can do about it though – most of us can't even get along with our own family and neigbours to expect us 2 get along with totally different cultures/religions/ etc.

What to do? nothing. There's nothing we can do. We (humans) are programmed to fight. It's in the DNA.”

TheBossSaid responded, “If viruses destroy cells at the microcosm level, what do you expect from higher life forms?”

Do your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below, or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. bobcat ( in a hat )

    Why ? Why do so many people feel that war is the only way to solve things. Some of thes posters here, have they actually been in and seen and felt the results of war. Most of the ones who have been there and done that have a different perspective. I guess some people feel they were born for war and are truly sorry for not being able to fulfill that dream.
    I am thankful that they didn't have to experience it first hand. Believe me, it really changes a person.

    November 26, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    @ bobcat

    well said.

    November 26, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Herkimer Schwartz

    Like gung hoe already said above, the Russians should have been allowed to occupy the whole of Korea back in 1945 and that way the Korean peninsula would have remained united and therefore would never have been a war there in 1950. Instead, both the Russians and we have turned that country into the powder keg of East Asia!

    November 26, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat ( in a hat )

      It's sad that trolls need use other peoples names to try to get some attention. Ain't that right fake Herkimer ?

      November 26, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    With our attention now focused on Iran by design not necessarily crafted in Washington, N.Korea needs desperately to get our attention gain.

    November 26, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. George©

    Well, that didn't take long.


    November 26, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. George©

    @bc(iah) 1:07

    Beautifully written, and only one who has had to experience it could have stated.

    November 26, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. nightshade.

    Who is this person trying to act like Herkimer Schwartz. I know Herkimer and he would never ape someone elses words. Must be that troll GP that everyone talks about.

    November 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    @ bobcat, if you didnt notice some of those that believe we should always be at war are the same indiv-iduals always causing calamity in here. And its tiresome and fruitless to engage in verbal combat and way easier to ignore the ignorance!

    November 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. nightshade.

    It gets very tiresome. It seems though, that when one agrees to disagree, that should put a finish to that particular conversation.
    Are you done reading your post its ?

    November 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    lol @ nightshade, i know right? lmfao wondered how you were gonna respond to that *particular* question! whats the answer to the lst one?

    November 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. nightshade

    I indeed noticed the similarities of their postings. It was noticebly noticable.

    November 26, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Donald in CA

    I'm more tired of threats from the right wing of this country to bring america to its knees if they dont get their way then threats from north korea.

    November 26, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Herkimer Schwartz

    @Donald in CA
    No offense man, but would you mind re-posting that ? I did not understand one word.

    November 26, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. domina

    I'm sick of their threats: publicity stunts at best. Forgive my harsh tone, but I know of a big red button that would solve our problems.

    December 11, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  15. AF Buke

    North Korea can make all the threats they want. The reality of the situation is that South Korea would hammer North Korea. North Korea's military equipment is from the 60s. South Korea is a modern, professional military, if they were to invade South Korea, it would be a form of national suicide for North Korea. Noth Korea would cease to exist.

    December 21, 2011 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
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