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North Korea takes bellicosity right to the brink with wave of threats

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Wow. North Korea have finally lost any last remaining shreds of sanity that they may once have laid dubious claim to. Today, they announced that the military have been given the final go ahead to launch strikes against the United States (including using nuclear weapons)

In proof that being named World’s Sexiest Man can turn a rather forgettable uniformed blob into a raving megalomaniac, Kim Jong Un has now officially surpassed his father in bellicose rhetoric stakes. South Koreans must be tearing their hair out at this latest outbreak of self important brinksmanship on their borders, knowing full well that despite all the talk of attacking the US, it is South Koreans (and indeed the North Korean people – victims of their own government) that are first in the firing line of catastrophe.

"The moment of explosion is approaching fast. No one can say a war will break out in Korea or not and whether it will break out today or tomorrow," North Korea's state news agency KCNA foamed. "The responsibility for this grave situation entirely rests with the U.S. administration and military warmongers keen to encroach upon the DPRK's sovereignty and bring down its dignified social system with brigandish logic."

"The merciless operation of (our) revolutionary armed forces in this regard has been finally examined and ratified.The US had better ponder over the prevailing grave situation."

If this is some attempt to cement Kim Jong Un as an iconic leader, then it is typically heavy handed. China – North Korea’s only ally who would be loath to see the dysfunctional state collapse both for refugee reasons and because of the implications of reunification for American influence on their borders have quietly admitted they are despairing. ‘North Korea is still our friend – but a friend who is behaving badly’ said a Chinese official.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that no unusual military movements have been spotted but that the threats need to be taken seriously. "It only takes being wrong once, and I don't want to be the Secretary of Defense who was wrong once," he told an audience at Washington's National Defense University.

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