Kim Threatens Strike Against South Korea

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South Korean Marines take part in a a military exercise marking the first anniversary of North Korea's artillery attacks on Yeonpyeong Island, at the Pyeonghwa (Peace) Park on the island on November 23, 2011.

New North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, seen as quite a joke by the world since taking over after his father’s death, might be trying a bit too hard to look like a menacing dictator. In a statement issued Sunday during a visit to military units in the country’s south, Kim told his troops to launch a “powerful retaliatory strike” if provoked by South Korea. The threat comes a day before the United States and the South are scheduled to mount a joint military exercise meant to deter North Korean aggression.