As Korean tensions rise, rival leaders get personal
Escalating military tensions on the divided Korean peninsula took an increasingly personal turn on Friday, with the leaders of North and South each threatening the other’s destruction.
For North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un that meant overseeing a long-range artillery drill, simulating a strike on the offices and official residence of his South Korean counterpart, Park Geun-Hye.
Park, meanwhile, countered by accusing Kim of leading his country down an ultimately destructive path and stressing the need for a drastic change of direction by the regime in Pyongyang.
Tensions between the two Koreas have been rising since North Korea carried out its fourth nuclear test in January, and a satellite rocket launch a month later that was widely seen as a disguised ballistic missile test.
Pyongyang has upped the rhetorical ante in recent weeks, with near daily threats of nuclear and conventional strikes against the South and the US mainland in response to large-scale South-US war games.
On Wednesday, it warned of a “miserable end” facing Park Geun-Hye, with its artillery units standing ready to turn the presidential Blue House in Seoul into a “sea of flames and ashes”. Read More