Unavoidable, that is, according to KCNA, the official North Korean News Agency:
A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry Thursday issued the following statement:
The U.S. is now working hard to ignite a nuclear war to stifle the DPRK.
Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises kicked off by the U.S., putting the situation on the Korean Peninsula to the brink of war, are maneuvers for a nuclear war aimed to mount a preemptive strike on the DPRK from A to Z.
The U.S. is massively deploying armed forces for aggression, including nuclear carrier task force and strategic bombers, enough to fight a nuclear war under the smokescreen of "annual drills."
What should not be overlooked is that the war maneuvers are timed to coincide with the moves to fabricate a new "resolution" of the UN Security Council against the DPRK, pursuant to a war scenario of the U.S. to ignite a nuclear war under the pretext of "nuclear nonproliferation".
It is a trite war method of the U.S. to cook up "a resolution" at the UNSC to justify its war of aggression and then unleash it under the berets of "UN forces."
That is why the U.S. is hurling into the war maneuvers even armed forces of its satellite countries which participated in the past Korean War as "UN forces".
And so on.
Yes, there can surely be no doubt this time that the North Koreans are really really angry:
Of course those familiar with the official news pronouncements coming out of North Korea will be aware that such belligerence is absolutely par for the course. It's how the system works: constant shrieking full-blown hatred and paranoia, with the troops on permanent battle readiness, all in the cause of justifying the Songun military-first doctrine and keeping the populace in line. And once you start, the logic of it dictates that there's only one way to keep going: onwards and upwards, to ever higher rhetorical levels. Fatboy Kim Jong-un has turned the insults up to volume 11 since taking over - a sign, as much as anything, of his insecurity. And it's also likely that they're testing the new South Korean president Park Geun-hye.
But this time, what with the recent nuclear test and the resulting UN sanctions - and, above all, that threat of a pre-emptive nuclear strike - everyone's paying attention. It's one of today's main stories at the BBC, for instance:
North Korea says it is scrapping all non-aggression pacts with South Korea, closing its hotline with Seoul and shutting their shared border point.
The announcement follows a fresh round of UN sanctions punishing Pyongyang for its nuclear test last month.
Earlier, Pyongyang said it had a right to carry out a pre-emptive nuclear strike and was pulling out of the armistice that ended the Korean War.
Considering that, just recently, we've had the sinking of the Cheonan and the shelling of Yeonpyeong-do Island, it might come as a surprise that there was an armistice to pull out of.
So what next? There could be further nuclear tests, which are always a reliable way for the North Koreans to provoke and annoy. Or it could be worse. There is a sense in which they might be talking themselves into a corner here. They've got the attention of the world...now what? They're almost forced, by their extreme rhetoric, to go on and do something. That pre-emptive nuclear strike remains deeply unlikely - but we just don't know. Which is the point, I suppose.
Worrying? Oh yes.