Chatham House

Thursday 25 April 2013, 7:00 PM

North Korea: Sabre-rattling or imminent threat?

The Democratic People‚Äôs Republic of Korea (DPRK) has announced that it has entered into a ‘state of war’ with the US and the Republic of Korea (ROK). The US defence secretary, Chuck Hagel, has declared that DPRK poses “a real and clear danger”. Is this a war of words or could talk of war precipitate a full-blown military conflict?