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North Korea threatens Southern islands

Tensions between North and South Korea continued to escalate on Saturday.

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A South Korean conservative activist throws a water balloon onto a banner showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) and his troops during a rally denouncing North Korea's threat in Seoul on March 12, 2013. North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un threatened to 'wipe out' a South Korean island as Pyongyang came under new economic and diplomatic fire on March 12, from US sanctions and UN charges of gross rights abuses. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

North Korea threatened South Korea again on Saturday, following a visit to the border island of Yeonpyeong by the South's Prime Minister Chung Hong-won. 

Chung was there Thursday to reassure residents that they would be protected in the event of an attack from the north with "forces 10 times the size," Yonhap News Agency reported

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) retorted that the head of the Park Geun-hye administration would be the "first target to be mowed down," according to Yonhap.

The latest threats from North Korea come just a day after the US  vowed to ramp up its defenses on the west coast, as Chuck Hagel announced that 14 more batteries would be placed in Alaska by 2017, BBC News reported.

The jury is out on whether North Korea's tough talking is credible, Digital Journal wrote in an op-ed

While liberal analysts believe that North Korea is making a bluff, conservative analysts believe that North Korea could strike South Korean and American soft targets with nuclear weapons like Japans surprise attack on Pearl Harbor because the current situation is very similar to back then.

Yeonpyeong, a western border island, does have reason to fear: they were hit heavily by the North in 2010, an attack that left at least 46 soldiers and two civilians dead, according to Yonhap. 

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Chris McKevitt More than 1 year ago
Surprise, surprise.. Another threat. This is all North Korea can do is make threats. Are they going to do something or not? I think our military personnel stationed in South Korea are getting tired of this. North Korea has a standing Army of 1.1+ million men. So, do something already. The Iraqi Army was one of the largest in the world too, and the Iraqis even had a hardcore group of soldiers call the "Republican Guard".. When the U.S. Military came rolling into Iraq, they all crapped their pants and ran away. The same thing is going to happen to the North Korean military. It probably takes 5 North Korean soldiers to equal 1 United States Marine. North Korea has absolutely no idea who they're trying to pick a fight with. We won't even need to invade. A war with North Korea could be won with ICBM'S fired from submarines and unmanned drones flown out of the Marine base in Japan. This is all done on a normal American economy. Now imagine the United States shifted to a war time economy, like the Second World War. In that case, no one in the world could beat the U.S. in a war. Period.