Fighting Words

Koreas Nearing War?

Is North Korea lashing out? Yesterday the country said it was scrapping all agreements with South Korea in what the South Korean prime minister said was a bid for Obama's attention. In response, the US State Department has said it will continue pursuing the 2005 multilateral deal under which North Korea abandoned its nuclear programs, The Independent reports. North Korea has repeatedly talked of war over the past few months and threatened to destroy the conservative government in Seoul that ended aid to Pyongyang a year ago. But the South does not seem too worried by the North’s belligerence. "There is no need to react sensitively or get happy or sad over every single statement issued with some political motive," a presidential spokesperson said.