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. BOMBO

    I know I've said it before, but I'll say it again. I don't know how North Korea keeps getting away with it. Sinking ships without provocation, blowing up commercial airliners, kidnapping civilians to use as translators and teachersselling weapons to terrorists.

    The temptation is to say South Korea should just take care of business, but I think they don't want to. The reason is probably that they don't want to take on a giant welfare case. Remember how it hurt Germany's economy for a generation when they took on East Germany's problems.

    November 25, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    I wish this little fart would just *go away*...

    I agree with your assessment, BOMBO.

    November 25, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat ( in a hat )

    Although it is very tiresome hearing about North Korea making these threats, why is it the South Korean govrnment fell they have the right to keep provoking these responses ? It seems to me that the south is as much of a provocteur as the north.

    November 25, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    They seem like 5 year old twins who are trying to one-up each other.
    Using very dangerous "toys", though.

    November 25, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Roadsniper

    Here we go again, the us will get involved in relations in something they should of finished when we where fighting in the first place, we seem to always to start a war that we kno ahead of time that we will not finish, so now if we get involved with n.korea again we will repeat our past mistake, leaving the rabid dog to live, just like we did in iraq, we should of finished saddam insane off the first time. Now may be the u.s will do it right this time around. The only problem is, should we take out iran first or n.korea? Or both simultaneously. Why did we develop long range weapons for in the first place?so it really goes to show that this country is 2 faced!!!!

    November 25, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. @roadsniper

    The us isn't going to take out either of them...and it's time for your meds.

    November 25, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    My dad served 6 years over there. He said it was a hell like he had never known. Its time 2 let them clean up their own *FRONT* yard! The South needs 2 stand their ground, after all they arent the agressors. Its the only way 2 affectively deal with bullys

    November 25, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    May your Dad rest in peace, chrissy.

    November 25, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Ty banasy, we cant solve the wars of the world, after all we sure got our own *mess* to clean up! And if weve learned nothing else over time we sure shoulda learned that much at least! The U.S. needs to stay nuetral.

    November 25, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    I agree totally, chrissy.
    We need to keep our nose out of all conflicts; there's too much to do here stateside!

    November 25, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. gung hoe

    I served in korea 77 to 78 for the most part once I got used to the enemy being so close didnt mind my tour of duty,Did get a little Unnerved a couple of times,once when the north killed a colonel with the axe that he was using to clear brush they chopped him to death!The other time the north shot down a chinook chopper on the DMZ the chopper was full of ROKS the souths soldiers ,we were loaded on chinooks to retrieve the mess,carter called it off DAMMIT!! About 3 quarters of us was ready then.And to tell ya the truth if it happened now at 54 I would be in line!

    November 25, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BOMBO

    @ gung. Wild stuff. I've never served, but I knew a couple of guys who did peacekeeping in various places (Cyprus, former Yugo). They would tell me most of the time, nothing is going on, but you never know at any second what might happen.

    November 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. gung hoe

    @chrissey thank god that it was peace time when I was there.Your first post about your dad,I can only imagine 6yrs there in the war wouldve been hell,and your dad was a hell of a good man! and may he rest in the peace that every warrier deserves!!!

    November 25, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. s kel

    North Korea is all talk.. Time we killed a few million of the cowards. Bomb the hell out of them. Cut the carp. Mow them down in mass. Put them back in the stone age, oh they already are. Just waste them and then they and little iran might start behaving, Just do it. No Talk. The world then would be a better place. No more compliance.

    November 25, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    ty gung and yea he was part of the first army troops sent! the U.S. didnt really have any idea, he said, at that time exactly WHAT they were gettin into and by then it was too late! Fact of the matter its NOT our place to POLICE the WORLD!

    November 25, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
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