The North Korean military statement was filled with the belligerent, over-the-top rhetoric common when Pyongyang sees an external threat. A direct military attack from Pyongyang's large but impoverished military, which would probably finish the country's authoritarian leadership after U.S. and South Korean retaliation, is highly unlikely.
North Korea favors covert, surprise attacks such as the 2010 shelling of a South Korean island that killed four people, and Seoul has accused it of conducting a slew of cyberattacks.
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