1. THREATS

    North Korea: Nuclear War ‘Simmering’

    South Korean army soldiers patrol along a barbed-wire fence near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. North Korea's military warned Tuesday that its artillery and rocket forces are at their highest-level combat posture in the latest in a string of bellicose threats aimed at South Korea and the United States. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Ahn Young-joon/AP,Ahn Young-joon

    North Korea said on Wednesday that it will be cutting off all direct military communication with the South, including access to a military hotline. North Korean officials said they would inform the United Nations that the tense conditions on the peninsula have created a situation “for a simmering nuclear war.” The strong rhetoric from North Korea even caused concern from China, Pyongyang’s only major ally in the region, which called the situation “sensitive.” As if the situation couldn’t get any more tense, a South Korean soldier standing guard at the border threw a grenade at a moving object in the dark early Wednesday. A patrol searched at daylight and found no indication of any infiltration by North Korea.

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