North Korea says ‘prepare for war’
North Korea’s leader placed his army on readiness to “annihilate the enemy” on Friday as the regime officially renounced all non-aggression pacts with its southern neighbour.
Kim Jong-un escalated his inflammatory response to a new round of United Nations sanctions by ordering troops on the border with South Korea to prepare for war.
But China, North Korea’s only powerful ally, publicly urged “calm and restraint”.
Mr Kim chose a highly sensitive location for his address to North Korean troops, visiting military positions facing the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, where a North Korean bombardment killed four people and wounded 19 in 2010.