March 9, 2009

Tension in Korea escalating

Per, North Korea has issued its military on combat alert and warned that any action to block its satellite launch would initiate war.

The North’s military cautioned they would retaliate “with prompt counter-strikes by the most powerful military means” if an attempt is made to intercept their satellite, per the article.

Per, the U.S. and South Korea have begun to conduct joint military exercises disregarding Pyongyang's strong opposition and repeated warnings.

According to Chosun Daily, about 26,000 U.S. troops and over 50,000 South Korean troops will participate in these routine exercises from March 9 to 20.

Twitter users from across the world express concern as tensions mount in Korea:

@asteris (Greece): @christinelu also, North Korea seems to be taking the whole saber rattling thing a mite too far this time

@joshboyd (Virginia): North Korea is on crack. We need to resurrect General MacArthur and have him lead the troops into NK until he can [expletive] in the Yalu River.

@fnm_politics (Undisclosed): If you want to know what scares me... "N. Korea Threatens War if 'Satellite' Is Shot Down"

@SymanthaFox (Undisclosed): The fact that we could go to war with North Korea any second now scares the [expletive] outta me.

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