North Korea issued a new threat to the United States on
Tuesday saying its long-range field artillery units are now on the "highest
alert" possible. Like turning an amplifier "up to eleven" -- a concept that
doesn't actually make a guitar louder -- the move is stylistic rather than
That's not to say U.S. intelligence officials
may not be underestimating the North's capabilities -- a concern that Kevin
Baron reported on this morning -- but
the new "warning" of an attack on the U.S. homeland isn't substantively different from previous threats against the homeland. "It does seem that the North Koreans are on the verge of running out of threats," Scott Snyder, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, told Foreign Policy earler this month.
To demonstrate this,
we've updated our running list of North Korea threats below. But first: This
Is Spinal Tap:
And here: The latest threats from North Korea beginning with the warnings that followed the international sanctions over Pyongyang's third nuclear test in February.