North Korea Vows To End Ceasefire With South

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
March 5 2013 10:48 AM

North Korea Vows To End 60-Year-Old Ceasefire with South Korea

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This undated picture, released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on Feb. 22, 2013, shows Kim Jong-un (C) inspecting a firing exercise by a sub-unit under Korean People's Army large combined unit

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It's probably not fair to blame this all on Dennis Rodman. CBS News:

North Korea is vowing to cancel the 1953 Korean War cease-fire because of sanctions and ongoing U.S.-South Korean joint military drills.
North Korea's Korean People's Army Supreme Command made the statement Tuesday amid reports that Washington and North Korean ally Beijing have approved a draft of punishing resolutions that is expected to be circulated among U.N. Security Council members this week. North Korea's latest nuclear test on Feb. 12 was its third. The United States and others worry that North Korea is pushing closer toward its goal of having nuclear-armed missiles that can reach America.

The latest word out of the United Nations is that the United States and China have reached a deal on a new draft resolution to punish the reclusive nation, although there is no word yet on what specific sanctions may be added. The U.N. Security Council was set to hold a closed-door meeting on the topic this morning, as tensions continue to mount in the wake of North Korea's test last month (which was accompanied by a handful of threats aimed at both South Korea and the United States). The news that the Chinese are on board with the new sanctions is particularly noteworthy given that Beijing is Pyongyang closest international ally. Still, the Chinese are said to have been growing increasingly concerned about Kim Jong-un's recent behavior, bringing them in line with much, if not all, of the rest of the world.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. Follow him on Twitter.