North Korea has repeated its threats to wage war against South Korea and the United States, news sources report.
The isolated communist state said that conditions "for a simmering nuclear war" exist on the Korean Peninsula, and that it will inform the UN Security Council of its claims that the U.S. and South Korea are behind the tensions, Al Jazeera reports.
North Korea;s military said it put its forces on high alert earlier Tuesday, ordering its missile and artillery units to be ready to strike South Korea, and U.S. military installations in Hawaii and Guam, the New York Times reports. The country's young leader, Kim Jong-Un, has also been shown making a number of visits to military units in the last week.
Korea expert Leonid Petrove of Sydney's Australian National University said in an interview with Al Jazeera, that the North's "attention-seeking behavior" is responding to international pressure and is an attempt to unite the county behind its leader. He also said that the North is limited in its ability to target the U.S.
Tensions between the two Korea's have risen since North Korea launched a three-stage rocket in December and tested a nuclear weapon in February, according to the New York Times. In response, Washington and Seoul pushed for greater sanction on North Korea and began their annual joint military drills this month.