April 4th, 2013
02:36 AM ET

North Korea keeps tensions simmering

North Korea kept tensions around its borders simmering Thursday, reviving the alarming but improbable threat of a nuclear attack against the United States and continuing to put pressure on a joint industrial complex where hundreds of South Koreans work.

Pyongyang's latest salvo of ominous rhetoric, warning that "the moment of explosion is approaching fast," came soon after the United States had announced it was sending ballistic missile defenses to Guam, a Western Pacific territory that's home to U.S. naval and air bases. North Korea has cited those bases among possible targets for missile attacks.

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  1. Mary

    Are we not just egging them on by our *announcing* the delivery of ballistic weapons to SK?

    April 4, 2013 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. John

    Kim Jong Un versus Barack Hussein Obama. What an historical comedy. This is like the bewigged and stockinged Louis XVIII slapping Millard Fillmore. What pathetic characters we have in leadership roles. It's a shame that they have nuclear weapons.

    April 4, 2013 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Name*ray

      JFK & FDR Would roll over in they're graves at the way the US is handling this and on top of it all the guys Dennis Rodmans Buddy WOW talk about a strange situation the Media keeps saying who's in charge in N.K. ? It's " Dennis Rodman " and the jokes on us! 🙂

      April 7, 2013 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. rupert

    Catch that little boy. Make a pyon egg roll out of him. Then,
    FRY IM!

    April 4, 2013 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO

    So far, US response has been very responsible, very measured. I don't know why China is so worried about "Backing NK into a corner." No ultimatums have been issued. US and SK are playing it cool. As for deploying weapons, that's just good safe policy.

    April 4, 2013 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • ronvan

      Bombo I totally agree. It is like darned of you do and darned if you don't. I would feel much better knowing that our troops are ready and our "resources" are pre positioned, just in case. Sadly I really think that NK will have to strike first, resulting in loss of life, etc.. But, IF they do then what "stop gap" measures are in place to keep it limited?

      April 4, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Very responsible??
    Military exercises right at North's doorstep, sanctions, our continued military presence. B22s , warships. Hardly coducive to a rational scenario.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      And yet if the United States did nothing at all, there would be complaints about that, too.
      "Oh, BO is a failed leader". "Oh, he doesn't have the courage to stand up to NK."
      "Oh, this...oh, that..."
      The POTUS cannot win by these standards. This is ridiculous.

      April 4, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Its not just China that is worried about provocation, its the general consensus.
    The possibility of an inadvertent war is now all time high because of 'provocation'.

    April 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Who's doing the provocating, saywhat? Who continues to be the aggressor? Who continues to poke the giant? The giant will wake up. Are we not to answer when someone threatens, no matter how small you consider that threat to be? What is your answer to NK?

      April 4, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    We DONT need nor WANT another war!

    April 4, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    The aggression comes from North Korea. The USA does not have to whimper, "oh, please, don't hit me."
    Writers in this forum who often criticise USA actions on other continents may think that my nation should punish itself by becoming weak and scared. I support a strong USA, not a weak one.

    April 4, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • ronvan

      JIF: RIGHT ON! IF we are weak, and do nothing, then the rest of these two bit countries and their worthless leaders will try us!

      April 4, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat)©

    BREAKING NEWS-dit dit dit-–dit dit dit-–dit dit dit--BREAKING NEWS

    We interrupt your regular scheduled commenting to bring you the latest in on our wires.

    In a further escalstion of the rhetoric coming out of North Korea, Kim Sung Un, also reffered to as Glorious Successor, has vowed to place his entire miliary on a diet of Kimchi and Makgeolli as an efficient weapon in any close quarter fighting. The breath that results from these items can make air freshener refuse to come out of its can.
    As a defense to these new threats, the US has ordered all military personnel to keep their gas masks on hand at all times.
    We now return to your whatever,

    April 4, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rascal Rabble

    you kno i am agreement with that great jewish high priest, caiaphas whom advised his leaders; while under the influence of the holy spirit, "that it is better that one man die than permit a whole nation to perish...if his threats are credible...he should not be permitted to see it fulfilled...

    April 4, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. I m d truth

    The truth iz NK got heart n r humanz, humiliatd by UN ,US N SK n they cnt tek it animre bt thrz a solution for dis all. Letz mek them (NK)happy and friendly. Tell UN to bek off wit their sanction,sanction thngz n US to stop botherin wit war gamez wit SK n SK to nt mock. thatz it . . happy earth.

    April 6, 2013 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |