In an even more disheartening and humiliating tone than Hillary Clinton took against North Korea earlier this week, North Korea has responded to her nuclear ultimatum by accusing the United States of planning a nuclear strike on their territory. According to Reuters, the Communist controlled North Korean state stated that, "The U.S. bellicose quarters are pushing ahead with the moves for rounding off the preparations … in a bid to make a pre-emptive nuclear strike.”
North Korea has become increasingly belligerent since they began a propaganda campaign earlier this month pinning for war with the South. In other reports, dictator Kim Jong Il suffered a stroke this past fall and his oppressive regime may be on the verge of major reform or collapse.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to the region has done little to quell the words of possible war as she gave an ultimatum to North Korea on Monday to disarm, urging them of the consequences of firing nuclear missiles. Her rhetoric has done little to calm the situation and has heightened a flare in the United States' foreign policy in the Middle East. Her first act as Secretary of State has become a gaffe that is now threatens to sour international relations in other places around the globe.