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. Preecey

    It does worry me.

    April 2, 2013 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    This situation requires defence spending, which benefits many USA citizens considerably.

    April 2, 2013 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. buttset

    Yea North Korea its time to put up or shutup.

    April 2, 2013 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Korean tensions 'Gone To Far'

    You think ?

    My question is, Why are we going out of our way to back this man into a corner ?
    B 52s have been showing out. B 2s have been showing out. F 22s have been showing out. Now we are sending warships to protect against ballistic missles. We say "We will not be intimidated".
    The oriental people are a very honor bound people. Dishonor to them is shame. Shame to them is a fate worse than death
    In order to save face with his people, it is possible we've left NK no other choice but to strike.. It is also possible, given the build up we are showing, that they fear an imminent attack and will preemptively strike.
    We may have opened yet another pandoras box.

    April 2, 2013 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • hypatia

      They will stop worrying about shame when China,sits on them and they starve.

      April 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • ronvan

      Bobcat: Excellent points. IF the U.S. does a preemptive strike we will wind up looking like the warmongering aggressors that so many countries now think we are. And if we wait until NK strikes then the U.S. will be blamed for not acting sooner. WHY not just stay out of it and let China solve it? RIGHT, the U.S. can't let that happen. Just another mess no matter what happens.

      April 3, 2013 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mao Tse Tung

    Lindsay Lohan is pregnant?

    April 2, 2013 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Fidel Castro

      I know, right?

      April 2, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mr Dalloway

    The Dear Chubby One is a hefty bubble of insanity.

    April 2, 2013 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  7. dapress702

    The US army will have a real fight with this one, lets see them go on ground with a real army compared to some ingenious people with no military background (afghan, Iraq).

    April 2, 2013 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. Portland tony

    Backing the North into a corner serves no purpose! They have nothing...They don't have much to lose by striking out. Beware of cornered critters!

    April 2, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    @Bobcat & @Portland tony
    On the pain of repeating myself repeatedly, let me quote again Gregory D.Foster.

    April 2, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • PBF@SAC ©™

      @ saywhat:
      I prefer Stephen Foster, myself. Nobody sings his songs anymore since a very famous mezzo sang them flat.

      April 2, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    " Subjugation of civilians to military". MIC. Yes Sir, the very entity Dwight D. "Ike" also warned us about.

    April 2, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    quote as expected was blocked.

    April 2, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BOMBO

    Q. What does Kim Jong Un have in common with Fred Flintstone?

    A. When he looks out the window tomorrow morning, he'll see Rubble.

    April 2, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Good One

      April 2, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    The top Washington thinker on these matters:
    "civilians subjugation to military (MIC)".
    Kind of reminds Americans of "Ike" who warned us back then what he could foresee.

    April 2, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    continue to be blocked

    April 2, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bobcat (in a hat)©

    The American public is being lulled into a false sense of insecurity. And insecurity, constructed or real, is what gives those in power – our purported protectors – their self-righteous aura of indispensability.

    April 2, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      @ saywhat

      Is this the quote of which you speak ? I will agree for a great number of people, this holds very true. But for those who don't necessarily subscribe to the fear mongering, not so much.
      A certain group will have a propensity for hand wringing, while the other group simply wants to know why the need to act like a bully.

      April 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
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