The latest bizarre pronouncement out of Pyongyang has serious implications for world security, as the rogue nation of North Korea now says it may cancel the ceasefire that ended the three-year Korean War and resume hostilities.
The North Korean government says it may do so in response to U.S. war maneuvers conducted with South Korea, but those happen annually.
Most experts point to a pending resolution the U.S. was due to circulate Tuesday morning in the U.N. Security Council which called for even stiffer sanctions against North Korea after its latest nuclear test in violation of treaties and international law.
China has reportedly agreed to sign off on the tougher sanctions, clearing one major hurdle toward the goal of passing any resolution involving the Korean peninsula.
It was a United Nations "police action" that resulted in the Korean War, roughly 1950-53, which claimed more than 33,000 American lives.
China's entry into that war on the side of North Korea stopped what looked like an easy victory for the South, and resulted in a bloody stalemate.
The sides signed a ceasefire in July, 1953, but technically the state of war between the two Koreas remains intact.