U.S. Preps Response to North Korea

    Image #: 21900124    U.S. soldiers arrive for their military training near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating North Korea from South Korea in Paju, north of Seoul April 8, 2013. Pyongyang has shown no sign of preparing its 1.2 million-strong army for war, indicating the threats are partly intended for domestic purposes to bolster Kim Jong-Un, the third in his family dynasty to rule North Korea. South Korea's Defence Ministry says it believes new nuclear test is not imminent in North Korea.  REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)       REUTERS /LEE JAE-WON /LANDOV

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    There is a good chance that North Korea’s threats to begin nuclear testing and ignite war are all talk. But just in case, the United States and South Korea are prepared with a “counterprovocation” plan to respond proportionally to any attack from Pyongang while simultaneously keeping tensions from escalating into a full-out war. Meanwhile, back on the Korean Peninsula, the North has decided to destroy any last semblance of cooperation with the South. Pyongyang has been preventing South Korean workers from entering the Kaesong Industrial Complex, an economic zone that the two countries share, and has now announced that it will be pulling all of its own workers out, possibly shutting down the zone completely.

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