Retired U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman (2nd L) shakes hands with officials upon arrival at Pyongyang airport, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 19, 2013. Rodman said on Thursday he was not going to North Korea to talk about politics or human rights, despite political tension surrounding the execution of leader Kim Jong Un’s uncle. (Reuters)
A South Korean news agency reported Friday that the North has threatened to attack “without notice” in response to anti-North rallies this week — and that it sent the warning by fax.
It’s the latest provocation from North Korea’s young leader, Kim Jong Un, who, at roughly 30 years old, was born not long before the fax entered its golden age of curling paper, thermal printing and shrieking modems.
The threat was sent by the North Korean military, according to the Yonhap news agency. It arrived, apparently without a paper jam, at the South Korean National Security Council.
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