NK Throws Annual Tantrum
North Korea called ongoing joint U.S.-ROK war-games “nuclear blackmail” and threatened to slow down the denuclearization process in retaliation. Such inflammatory statements prognosticating a U.S. invasion are an annual occurrence. In a shrill editorial, the KCNA blasts the U.S.:
All facts clearly prove once again that the U.S. does not have any idea of dropping its hostile policy toward the DPRK at all and its loudmouthed “dialogue,” “end to the state of armistice” and “denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” are nothing but a crafty charade intended to cover up its preparations for a nuclear war, disarm the DPRK and mislead the world public opinion. The KPA has never expected any benefit from the dialogue with the U.S. If the U.S. and south Korean bellicose forces persistently work to realize their scenario to stifle the DPRK by force of arms at any cost, the KPA will not stand passively on the defensive but counter it with positive retaliatory strikes by mobilizing all means long built up by the DPRK at a high price (see KCNA 3/4/08 “KPA to Counter with Its Positive Retaliatory Blows Any Attempt to Stifle DPRK by Force of Arms”).
Nobody is ever alarmed by these events. In a strange way, they are a sign of normalcy. Andrei Lankov told Burt Herman of the Associated Press:
the absence of such inflammatory statements from the Pyongyang regime would be a sign that a “revolution has begun in North Korea” and a “dramatic break with the past, which is very unlikely to happen anytime soon.”