Tuesday, April 9, 2013

North Korea Warns Foreigners in South of Nuclear War - NYTimes.com

North Korea Warns Foreigners in South of Nuclear War - NYTimes.com

SEOUL — As North Korea warned foreigners on Tuesday that they might want to leave South Korea because the peninsula was on the brink of nuclear war — a statement that the United States Embassy in Seoul and analysts dismissed as hyperbole — the American commander in the Pacific expressed worries that the North’s young leader, Kim Jong-un, might not have left himself an easy exit to reduce tensions.

“His father and his grandfather, as far as I can see, always figured into their provocation cycle an ‘off ramp,’ “ the commander, Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, said during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. “And it’s not clear to me that he has thought through how to get out of it. And so that’s what makes this scenario, I think, particularly challenging.”

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