The US has been flying nuclear-capable B-52 bombers over South Korea, in response to escalating North Korean rhetoric. The official Korean Central News Agency called it "an unpardonable provocation". And then - for those of us wondering how they could possibly raise the tension any higher - they promptly issued an air raid warning:
The warning, which was issued in the name of the Chosun People’s Army, ordered all units to immediately put into action plans to deal with air raids.
The broadcast stated: “Notification to all members of the military and the people. This is an air raid warning. This is an air raid warning. This is an air raid warning. All levels of military base and work unit must implement plans to stop damage in enemy attacks from the air. This is Chosun People’s Army Broadcast.”
According to Daily NK sources inside North Korea, for some days now the authorities have been issuing daily instructions on what to do in the event of an air raid or nuclear attack warning via the internal ‘Third Broadcast’ cable radio system.
This was cancelled one hour later. But yes, tensions are running high:
[Photo: Lee Jin-man/Associated Press]
As for the cyber attack on South Korean banks and broadcasters yesterday, it's now being reported that it originated from an internet address in China. North Koreans hackers usually work via the Chinese internet, so although South Korean officials can't confirm the identity of those behind the attack, no one's really in much doubt.