FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2012 file image made from video, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks at a banquet for rocket scientists in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea's top governing body warned Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 that the regime will conduct its third nuclear test in defiance of U.N. punishment, and made clear that its long-range rockets are designed to carry not only satellites but also warheads aimed at striking the United States. The National Defense Commission, headed by the country's young leader, rejected Tuesday's U.N. Security Council resolution condemning North Korea's long-range rocket launch in December as a banned missile activity and expanding sanctions against the regime. (AP Photo/KRT via AP Video, File) NORTH KOREA OUT
NORTH KOREA - North Korea's latest threat came Tuesday when the country's military announced its artillery and rocket forces have been put on their highest level. It's the latest in a series of bellicose threats aimed at the U.S. and South Korea. It's the third anniversary of the sinking of a South Korean small warship by a North Korean torpedo. Tuesday North Korean state-television reported that leader Kim Jong-Un visited military sites across the country. His visits, shown in the form of numerous still photos, come at a time when tensions are high on the Korean peninsula. The military warned that it will take "practical military action" to protect the country. The South Korean military said it hasn't seen suspicious activity and analysts say any action by the North is extremely unlikely especially during U.S. South Korean drills.
Recently U.S. nuclear capable B-52 bombers took part in the drills.
The two Koreas had naval skirmishes over disputed waters in the 1990s and in 2010 North Korea artillery killed two marines and two civilians.
Experts believe the recent threats are efforts to strengthen the internal loyalty to the country's young leader.
Also Tuesday, websites and organizations run by North Korean defectors in South Korea say they have suffered cyberattacks. The attacks come one week after computer systems at some South Korean banks and TV networks were widely disrupted. Authorities have not confirmed who was behind last week's cyberattack but suspect North Korea.