At least, I think they're threatening war.
Maybe its the translation, or maybe its Kim Jong Il's flair for the dramatic, but I really can't quite figure out what's being said here:
“South Korea’s participation in the U.S. racket to put pressure upon the
North ... is a serious provocation leading to a crisis of war on the Korean
peninsula,” the (North Korean) spokesman reportedly said.
“If South Korea joins the U.S. ploy to pressure us, we will consider it as
a declaration of a showdown and take corresponding actions,” the spokesman
What the heck is a "declaration of a showdown"? Are Kim and South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun supposed to meet at high noon on the 38th Parallel, wearing Stetsons and with six-guns strapped around their waists?
Since the NKs have successfully (sorta) tested a fission bomb, it's a bit harder to laugh at them. Kim may actually do something really stupid. When you stop and think about it, this is a really scary situation.
It's still funny to think of puffy little Kim Jong Il wearing a big old hat, though.