North Korea has announced that it no longer recognises the 1953 armistice that ended its war with South Korea. What would seem to make this announcement more serious than previous announcement is that it came directly from the North Korean military rather than its official newsagency.
This renouncing of the armistice comes as South Korea joins the US-led Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), with North Korea describing it as tantamount to a declaration of war.
Pyongyang has announced that any attempt to stop and search any North Korean ships or ships delivering goods to North Korea “will face an immediate and strong military strike in response.”
“Our military will no longer be bound by the armistice accord as the current US leadership… has drawn the puppets (South Korea) into the PSI,” said the statement from the North’s military representative at the border truce village of Panmunjom.