North Korea says it is entering a state of war with South Korea

North Korea warned Seoul that the Korean Peninsula was entering "a state of war" and threatened to shut down a border factory complex, the last major symbol of inter-Korean cooperation. 

Pyongyang in a statement said that it would deal with South Korea according to "wartime regulations" and would retaliate against any provocations by the United States and South Korea without notice.

Analysts say a full-scale conflict is extremely unlikely, but the North's continued threats toward Seoul and
Washington, including a vow to launch a nuclear strike, have raised worries that a misjudgment between the sides could lead to a clash.

Analysts view North Korea's threats as efforts to provoke the new government in Seoul, led by President Park Geun-hye, to change its policies toward Pyongyang, and to win diplomatic talks with Washington that could get it more aid. North Korea's moves are also seen as ways to build domestic unity as young leader Kim Jong Un strengthens his military credentials.
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