N. Korea declares “state of war” with South

North Korea declared it was in a "state of war" with South Korea which is the latest dire-sounding pronouncement of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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The announcement was made by the government, political parties and organizations, the Korean Central News Agency has reported.

As of now, inter-Korea relations enter a state of war and all matters between the two Koreas will be handled according to wartime protocol," the North said in a government statement.

Pyongyang warned Seoul and Washington that it would retaliate against any provocations without “any prior notice.”

“The first strike of the revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK will blow up the U.S. bases for aggression in its mainland and in the Pacific operational theatres including Hawaii and Guam,” the North said Saturday in the statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency

On Friday, the North Korean leader warned his forces were ready “to settle accounts with the U.S.” after two nuclear-capable U.S. B-2 bombers dropped dummy munitions on a South Korean island range as part of joint drills and returned to their base in Missouri.

At the main square in Pyongyang, tens of thousands of North Koreans turned out for a 90-minute mass rally in support of Kim’s call to arms, chanting “Death to imperialists”.

The divided Korean Peninsula is already in a technical state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a cease-fire, not a peace treaty. But Pyongyang said it was scrapping the war armistice earlier this month.

Seoul and Washinton say it is not very likely that North Korea will start war operations and that the radical rhetoric is a result of internal issues.

Experts believe North Korea is years away from developing nuclear-tipped missiles that could strike the U.S. Many say they’ve also seen no evidence that Pyongyang has long-range missiles that can hit the U.S. mainland, AP has reported.

Still, there are fears of a localized conflict, such as a naval skirmish in disputed Yellow Sea waters.

Pyongyang uses the U.S. nuclear arsenal as a justification for its own push for nuclear weapons. It says that U.S. nuclear firepower is a threat to its existence.

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