North Korea: Hostile moves and ridiculous propaganda
It's hard to take North Korea too seriously, but this can't possibly be a good thing:
North Korea said on Tuesday its strategic rocket and long-range artillery units have been ordered to be combat ready, targeting U.S. military bases on Guam, Hawaii and mainland America after U.S. bombers flew sorties threatening the North.
The order, issued in a statement from the North's military "supreme command", marks the latest fiery rhetoric from Pyongyang since the start of joint military drills by U.S. and South Korean forces early this month.
"From this moment, the Supreme Command of the Korean People's Army will be putting into combat duty posture No. 1 all field artillery units, including long-range artillery units and strategic rocket units, that will target all enemy objects in U.S. invasionary bases on its mainland, Hawaii and Guam," the North's KCNA news agency said.
Like I said, it's hard to know how seriously to take them when North Korean state controlled media puts out nonsense like this from a few years ago:
South Korea's Pyeonghwa (Peace) Motors Corporation plans to stage an inter-Korean golf game next month in the North's capital city of Pyongyang, company officials say.
Fortunately for all entrants, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il will not be playing. If the official government media is to be believed, Kim is easily the greatest golfer, the world has ever seeen.
Pyongyang media say Kim enjoys golf, having shot multiple holes-in-one during his first try at the game. He reportedly aced five holes and finished 38 under par on the golf course. The "Dear Leader" routinely shoots three or four holes-in-one per round, the government-controlled media reported.
Now that Kim Jong Il has gone into DMZ Everlasting, there was some hope that his son, Kim Jong Un would be more engageable by the international community. Based on this propaganda video that came out a few weeks ago from the North Koreans, that's perhaps overly optimistic.
Exit Question: How many people will read this, given the collapsing houses we live in, and our need to hunt down the local sparrow population for our meals?