North Korea is threatening to pull out of the decades-old armistice that ended the Korea War, should the United States and South Korea go ahead with a planned joint military training activity.
This latest threat comes amid reports the United States and China have reached a tentative deal to punish North Korea through U.N. sanctions for its most recent nuclear test.
North Korea’s threat of retaliation came during a news broadcast on sate television. From Reuters:
“We will completely nullify the Korean armistice,” the North’s KCNA news agency said, quoting the Korean People’s Army (KPA) Supreme Command spokesman. “The war exercise being done by the United States and the puppet south Korea is a systematic act of destruction aimed at the Korean armistice.”
At present, the two Koreas remain, technically, at war since the Korean War ended with an armistice and not a peace treaty, reports The Associated Press.
North Korea said it would end the existing armistice on March 11. The joint training activity that the country is protesting began on March 1.
Given this latest development, it looks like Dennis Rodman wasn’t quite the diplomat he made himself out to be after all.