Pyongyang has cut the last military hotline to the South and says it's ready to target US bases in Hawaii, Guam, and South Korea. So why is there no sign the North is really girding for war?
Joint US-South Korea military drills yesterday prompted harsh language from North Korea's leader himself today.
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Skepticism about the effect of the North's dismissal of a cease-fire is grounded in past experience.