Tuesday, April 9, 2013

North Korean army 'split' over Kim Jong-un

North Korea has issued a catalog of alarming threats against the South and the United States in the past several weeks, sharpening its rhetoric after the U.N. Security Council imposed stricter sanctions for Pyongyang's latest underground nuclear test, which took place it February. North's unnerving behavior is an effort by Kim, who inherited power from his father less than a year and a half ago, to shore up domestic support, particularly with the military. Pyongyang is trying to secure direct negotiations with Washington, something the United States has long shunned in favor of multilateral talks. However, the North Korean regime's recent words and actions appear to be increasingly troubling its key ally, China.

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