Now, North Korea is always making warnings and threats, and every time, western press picks them up like they are new and rather significant, just like at the end of the month the media picks up North Korea's monthly report on U.S. aerial incursions as if it is a new phenomenon.
This, of course, is just what the DPRK wants.
So to make them even happier (heh-heh), here are some of the numerous threats from past years (thanks to NK News for its wonderful functionality to search KCNA reports). There are many, many more, but how about one from each year for the past decade...
December 18, 1996
If the warmaniacs dare start a war, they will face an annihilating blow.
November 8, 1997
We are following with heightened vigilance the movements of the warmaniacs at home and abroad because they may unleash a real war while staging war exercises involving huge armed forces under the pretext of "defence". It is our revolutionary stamina to answer fire with fire. If the warmaniacs dare to violate the territory of our country even a little, we will deal an annihilating blow to them.
December 4, 1998
Ri Il Hwan, first secretary of the C.C., the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League, said: "if the U.S. imperialists invade our dear fatherland even 0.001 mm, eight million youths and schoolchildren will smash them at one stroke with a sledge hammer of revolution prepared for scores of years, and make even suicidal attack to plunge the damned U.S. territory into a sea of flame."
May 30, 1999
The u.s. Imperialist war hawks have already made a signal shot for unleashing a second Korean war. We do not want a war but will not miss the opportunity if it is imposed upon us. It is the will and disposition of our invincible people's army and people to deal an annihilating blow at the aggressors in the fighting spirit that you shall die and I will remain alive. The preemptive attack is not an exclusive option of the United States. We have our own operation plan and the way of merciless strike.
January 27, 2000
We have already solemnly declared that we will deliver decisive counterblows to those who infringe upon the sovereignty and dignity of our fatherland. If the enemies finally ignite a war against the DPRK, ignoring our warnings, they will be destroyed by mercilessly annihilating strike.
April 24, 2001
Due to the reckless provocations and aggression moves of the new U.S. administration, the Korean peninsula is beset with the danger that its situation, which was developing in favour of detente and reunification, may go back to confrontation and tension. If the imperialists force a war upon us despite our serious warnings, our army and people will deal an annihilating blow of retaliation at the enemies with all potentials they have built up for decades and the enemies will face the most miserable end.
July 30, 2002
The army and people of Korea are fully ready to answer the U.S. preemptive attack with an annihilating retaliation. If the bellicose forces of the U.S. misjudge the will and power of the Korean army and people and take a choice of military action, it will lead to the U.S. doom.
November 30, 2003
Our army and people value the peace of the country and do not want a war but will not beg for peace while having their sovereignty and dignity encroached upon. If the U.S. imperialists and their stooges ignite a new war, our army and people will deal an annihilating blow at the aggressors with the singlehearted unity and great military power consolidated for scores of years and fully demonstrate the invincible spirit and dignity of heroic Korea once again.
February 13, 2004
Now that it has become clearer that the U.S. anti-DPRK nuclear racket is to exterminate the DPRK, it is not worth arguing that the DPRK has no other option but to strengthen its nuclear deterrent. The U.S. should not run amuck but immediately cancel its reckless new operation plan against the north, mindful that the army and people of the DPRK are filled with the spirit of annihilating the enemy under the Songun policy.
May 3, 2005
It is the invariable intention of the Japanese reactionaries to realize their reinvasion scheme without difficulty with the backing of the U.S. If they opt for an adventurous preemptive attack, the army and people of the DPRK will deal an annihilating blow to them by every possible means.
March 15, 2006
The U.S. imperialists' persistent moves to start a reckless war for aggression will force the army and people of the DPRK to step up all the steps to defend sovereignty under the banner of Songun. If the aggressors dare provoke a war, the Korean army and people will deal merciless annihilating retaliatory blows at them and uproot the danger of a war in this land.