1) If they really believe that they can take a swing at us.
2) If there's some internal trouble (more than usual) in the country, and all this is being done to distract people from it.
My first thought was “Why is our government trying to distract us?” The second was “When does Obama’s war start?”
Yes, I realize the paper is from the UK.
Based upon actions of the NORKs in the last several years, the script should have them next instigate something more violent than the ship sinking or live artillery rounds into ROK.
This is just more extortion by the PRK. It has worked before. They become more bellicose and we respond with aid packages.
1). Can’t imagine it, but we need to be ready for anything.
2). No, just the usual from NK after they feel they’ve been dissed. But they could have more capability than we think. They certainly surprised Bush/CIA with their nukes.