- By John HudsonJohn Hudson is a senior reporter at Foreign Policy, where he covers diplomacy and national security issues in Washington. He has reported from several geopolitical hotspots, including Ukraine, Pakistan, Malaysia, China, and Georgia. Prior to joining FP, John covered politics and global affairs for the Atlantic magazine’s news blog, the Atlantic Wire. In 2008, he covered the August war between Russia and Georgia from Tbilisi and the breakaway region of Abkhazia. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, BBC, C-SPAN, Fox News radio, Al Jazeera, and other broadcast outlets. He has been with the magazine since 2013.
North Korea issued a new threat to the United States on Tuesday saying its long-range field artillery units are now on the "highest alert" possible. Like turning an amplifier "up to eleven" — a concept that doesn’t actually make a guitar louder — the move is stylistic rather than substantive.
That’s not to say U.S. intelligence officials may not be underestimating the North’s capabilities — a concern that Kevin Baron reported on this morning — but the new "warning" of an attack on the U.S. homeland isn’t substantively different from previous threats against the homeland. "It does seem that the North Koreans are on the verge of running out of threats," Scott Snyder, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, told Foreign Policy earler this month.
To demonstrate this, we’ve updated our running list of North Korea threats below. But first: This Is Spinal Tap:
And here: The latest threats from North Korea beginning with the warnings that followed the international sanctions over Pyongyang’s third nuclear test in February.