North Korea has again threatened war against South Korea and the US, saying conditions for a simmering nuclear war have been created on the peninsula. North Korea openly informed the UN Security Council that the Korean Peninsula now has the conditions for a simmering nuclear war. They claimed that this is because of provocation moves by the US and the ROK. The North had announced that it was cutting all military hotline with the South, meaning that all direct inter-government and military contact has been suspended after it previously cut a Red Cross link. North Korea said its military would put all field artillery units, including long-range artillery units and strategic rocket units, into combat duty position that will target all “enemy objects” in the US, “invasionary” bases on its mainland, Hawaii and Guam. North’s “attention-seeking behaviour” is in response to it feeling “cornered” by the international community. The regime wants the people of North Korea to be consolidated behind its young leader Kim Jung-un. I doubt that the North will attack first. Its capability to target the US remains limited. This is just signs that the North is ready to negotiate. All the provocations from North Korea is just to get more leverage in future negotiations.