NKorea declares ‘state of war’: LIVE UPDATES

AFP Photo / KCNA via KNS

North Korea has declared it is in a ‘state of war’ with South Korea. From the moment of declaration, it says, it will deal with its southern neighbor according to “wartime regulations.”

Pyongyang also warned it would retaliate against any
provocations by the US and South Korea without “any prior

Russia has called for restraint from all sides involved.

12:49 GMT: France calls on North Korea to refrain from
more provocations against its neighbor.

We are very worried about the state of things on the Korean
,” a foreign ministry spokesperson said. “We urge
North Korea to withhold from further provocations, follow its
international obligations including those with the UN, and start
negotiations as soon as possible

12:22 GMT:

12:14 GMT:I think there is always room for
miscalculation and things spiraling out of control
,” Sung-Youn
Lee, professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts
University told NBC News. “But he [Kim Jong-un] is following the
playbook set by his father and grandfather

12:10 GMT:

11:39 GMT:

11:11 GMT: North Korea’s rhetoric has had little impact
on South Korean stocks – the main KOSPI (Korea Composite Stock
Price Index) gained 2.9 percent this week, its best performance in
six months, Bloomberg reports.

10:58 GMT: North Korea has threatened to shut down the
Kaesong joint factory complex. A spokesperson for the Northern
office that controls the industrial complex said the factory park
on the shared border would be closed if South Korea continues to
insult its neighbor’s dignity. Pyongyang expressed anger over media
reports that said the factory had remained open, as the facility is
a source of wealth for the North. So far, business has been
operating normally at Kaesong despite the rising animosity between
the Koreas.

10:12 GMT: Moscow believes that Seoul and Washington have
both taken a measured response in light of the new threats from
North Korea.

The situation is tense and dangerous, but there are some
hopeful moments, the US and South Korea have reacted calmly and it
means events have not yet spun out of control,
” a source in the
Russian Foreign Ministry told Interfax.

It is time for quiet diplomacy to find political solutions
out of the crisis

AFP Photo / Pedro Ugarte

9:55 GMT: Speaking at a workshop for senior officials
from the government, the presidential office and the ruling Saenuri
Party, Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin said he does not rule out the
possibility of “armed provocation” from the North.

If provoked, we will mobilize not only all of our military
strength but also that of the US mainland and suppress [the North]
in a single stroke
,” the minister was quoted as saying by
participants of the workshop.

Our military is maintaining full preparedness to leave no
blind point in safeguarding the lives and safety of the
,” the South Korean defense ministry said in a

Despite the harsh threats, the North’s army has made no unusual
moves, a military source said.

9:48 GMT: North Korea said it would shut down its joint
industrial zone with the South if Seoul continues to insult its
integrity, North Korean news agency KCNA reported. 

9:22 GMT:

9:18 GMT: German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has
warned against the escalation around the Korean Peninsula in an
interview with Bild.de newspaper. North Korea should stop playing
with fire and curb its nuclear program, he said, adding that the
situation in the region directly affects global security and

9:00 GMT:

8:47 GMT:

8:46 GMT: The Russian Foreign Ministry calls on all sides
involved to act responsibly and be reserved after the latest round
of threats from the North Korean leadership. “We hope neither
side crosses the line that will become a point of no return
,” a
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson told Interfax.

AFP Photo / KCNA via KNS

8:22 GMT: 33-year-old tutor Kang Tae-hwan told AP that
South Koreans didn’t seem “to be that nervous” because they
had “previously experienced such rhetoric and threats from the
North many times in the past

7:57 GMT: The White House has dismissed allegations the
US has escalated tensions in Korea by its deployment of B-2 stealth
bombers. “It’s clear that the escalation is taking place from
the North Koreans, based on their rhetoric and on their
,” White House spokesperson Josh Earnest told

7:40 GMT: North Korean rocket units are reportedly on
standby to fire on US bases in the South Pacific. Los Angeles,
Washington, DC, and Austin, Texas, are singled out as main targets
on a map clearly visible in the background of a photo of a
gathering of North Korean military leaders. However,
international experts say it is doubtful that North Korean missiles
could reach any of those targets. Click for details and photos

7:22 GMT: RT infographics on North Korean strike

7:13 GMT: Anonymous hacktivists claim to have hacked a number of North Korean governmental
sites. They have listed the following resources: http://www.airkoryo.com.kp/ 
and http://www.uriminzokkiri.com

7:05 GMT:

6:41 GMT: Rallies and meetings under the slogans
Death to American Imperialists” and “It’s time to Move
from Words to Deeds
” are being held across North Korea in
support of Kim Jong-un’s declaration of war on the South.

6:28 GMT: “As the US forces support the South with
their weapon detecting capability or B-2 stealth bomber, I do not
think war will break out
,” 81-year-old Seoul pensioner Han
Kyung-soo told AP. “If it breaks out, it means that the North
Korean regime will fall

6:16 GMT:

6:08 GMT: Despite the threats, border crossings by South
Koreans to and from the joint industrial complex in the North
Korean border city of Kaesong are proceeding normally. The complex,
where 123 South Korean companies run factories with cheap North
Korean labor, is a major source of hard currency for the communist

6:03 GMT: Australia condemns the threats by North Korea
on the South and says they are considering imposing more autonomous
sanctions on the nation.

5:49 GMT:We have no indications at this point that
it’s anything more than warmongering rhetoric
,” CNN reports
Pentagon reaction.

5:43 GMT:

5:41 GMT:

5:02 GMT:We will first target and dissolve mainland
United States, Hawaii and Guam, and United States military based in
South Korea. And the (South Korean presidential office) will be
burned to the ground
,” the KCNA report said.

4:48 GMT:

This photo taken on March 28, 2013 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 29, 2013 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (front L) making a speech during the meeting of information workers of the whole army in Pyongyang (AFP Photo / KNS)

South Korea’s Unification Ministry released a statement saying
the latest threat was not new, and was just a follow-up on Kim’s
earlier order to put troops on high alert in response to the annual
US-South Korean military drills. Pyongyang sees those drills as
rehearsals for an invasion; the US and Seoul call them routine and

The warning came a day after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un put
strategic rocket units on standby, threatening to strike targets in
South Korea and the US, over the American deployment of two B-2
bombers in a training mission in South Korea.

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