North Korea declares “state of war” with South

Saturday, March 30, 2013
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Pyongyang: North Korea has declared a “state of war” against South Korea, stating that from now on any issues between the two countries will be resolved in a "wartime manner."

A statement carried by state media on March 30 said, "As of now, inter-Korea relations enter a state of war and all matters between the two Koreas will be handled accordingly."

“From this time on, the North-South relations will be
entering the state of war and all issues raised between the North and the South will be handled accordingly,” a special statement by the country’s top military command reads, according to the KCNA state news agency.

“The situation in the Korean Peninsula, which is neither peace nor war, has come to an end,” the statement says.

Technically, the two Koreas are still in state of war since a peace treaty after the 1950-53 conflict had never been signed.

North Korea has also warned that any military provocation would result "in a full-scale conflict and a nuclear war."

Notably, the South Korean government has brushed off the North's latest statement, calling it "the continuation of provocative threats."

As per state media the move was in response to U.S. stealth-bomber flights over the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea has threatened to attack South Korean and U.S. targets since the beginning of March, when the two allies started military exercises.

On March 27, it warned that war "may break out at any moment."  
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