A tourist takes a picture near a wire fence, where ribbons hanging with messages wishing for the reunification of the two Koreas, at the Imjingak Pavilion near the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 5, 2013. After a series of escalating threats, North Korea has moved a missile with "considerable range" to its east coast, South Korea's defense minister said Thursday. But he emphasized that the missile was not capable of reaching the United States and that there are no signs that the North is preparing for a full-scale conflict. (Photo: AP/Lee Jin-man)
A week since North Korea declared itself in a state of war, announced it was authorized to launch a nuclear attack on the U.S. and shuttered access to South Koreans in shared industrial park, developments, responses from other countries and analysis about the situation continues to circulate.
Here are 6 key things to know about what's being talked about as of Friday morning:
- "North Korea will launch an attack." This is what Wired reported Sue Mi Terry, a Columbia University professor who from 2001 to 2008 was a senior analyst on North Korea for the CIA, saying. But she doesn't think it will be nuclear or large. "It will be something sneaky and creative and hard to definitively trace back to North Korea to avoid international condemnation and immediate retaliation from Washington or Seoul," she said. Read more of Terry's thoughts in Wired here.
Here is a report from KTLA about the readiness of North Korean's missiles:
- Embassy Evacuation? North Korea suggested other countries with embassies in Pyongyang consider evacuating as it would not be able to guarantee their safety in the "event of conflict." Minister Sergey Lavrov was quoted Friday during a visit to Uzbekistan as saying that Russia is in touch with China, the United States, Japan and South Korea - all members of a dormant talks process with North Korea - to try to figure out the motivation. A spokesman for Britain's Foreign Office said his government was considering its next move in North Korea but that it regarded the North Korean suggestion to embassies as an effort to portray the United States as a threat.
- South Koreans relatively unconcerned: "North Korea does this all the time," restaurant owner Lee Chul-je said. "I'm sure things will become OK again." Recent provocations might have put North Korea among the top news headlines around the world, but not always in South Korea. When North Korea vowed this week to restart the reactor, major South Korean dailies gave more space on their front pages to explaining the government's plans to give tax breaks to home buyers. On Naver, the most visited web portal in South Korea, the most-read news this week has been South Korean pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin's LA Dodgers' debut.
People eat at a fast food restrant in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 5, 2013. Outsiders might hear the opening notes of a war in the deluge of threats and provocations from North Korea, but to South Koreans it is a familiar song. Foreigners unused to North Korean rumblings have canceled trips to the Korean Peninsula. But to get South Koreans' attention, Pyongyang must compete with the economy, celebrity scandals, baseball games and cherry blossoms. (Photo: AP/Ahn Young-joon)
- Guam added to nuclear list: Guam was recently listed among North Korea's targets for a nuclear attack on the United States. It is the location where the U.S. is setting up a defense system will be installed to shoot down incoming missiles and warheads. Residents of the island are paying attention but are relatively "numb" to North Korea "puffing out his chest," said Leonard Calvo, vice president of Calvo Enterprises, a firm that invests in insurance, real estate, media and retail as well as other businesses in Guam and other islands.
- Attack by Anonymous: Hackers claiming to be affiliated with the loosely connected hactivist group Anonymous infiltrated two North Korea's government-run online sites Thursday. The North's Uriminzokkiri Twitter and Flickr accounts stopped sending out content typical of that posted by the regime in Pyongyang, such as photos of North's leader Kim Jong Un meeting with military officials.
(Image: Twitter screenshot)
- Bringing U.S. and China closer? Some think the conflict is giving the U.S. and China the opportunity to build bridges. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland described "good unity" between the U.S. and China in responding to North Korea. "The issue here is to continue to recognize that the threats we share are common, and the approaches are more likely to be more effective if we can work well together," she told reporters Thursday. Others think though it is unlikely to ultimately turn China against North Korea. China "doesn't want to deal with headaches like the tension between the U.S. and North Korea," said Hyun Lee with Working Group for Peace and Demilitarization in Asia and the Pacific.
Watch Ret. Gen. Richard Myers, a former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, talk about the situation and how he thinks China should take more action:
- North Korea Aggression Puts Pressure on U.S., China
- NKorea Said to Have Moved Missile with 'Considerable Range' to East Coast
- NKorea Turns Threats Into Action: Blocks SKorean Workers From Joint Factory Park in ‘Start for More Provocative Actions’
- NKorean Soldiers Shoot Cut-Outs of U.S. Troops in Disturbing Propaganda Video
- U.S. Navy Moves Guided-Missile Destroyer Closer to N. Korea’s Coast Amid Hostile Rhetoric
- White House Response to N. Korea War Threats: They’re Serious But Follow History of ‘Bellicose Rhetoric’
The Associated Press contributed to this report.