White House taking North Korea rhetoric seriously
Updated: Sunday, March 31 2013, 02:30 PM EDT
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The White House is taking North Korea's declaration of war against South Korea very seriously.
Kim Jong Un put his country's missiles on standby on Friday, ready to attack U.S. military bases in the Korean peninsula.
The White House says they are prepared to defend their interests and allies in the region, but they also believe the North Korean threats are part of a familiar pattern--more angry words instead of actual danger.
"The danger though, here, is even if he may be bluffing, he is obviously listening to hardliners," said former U.N. Ambassador Bill Richardson. "Every time there is a new South Korean President, they test them with some kind of military provocation."
North and South Korea have been in a state of war for 60 years.
Experts say there is no evidence North Korea has missiles capable of hitting the U.S. mainland.