Because North Korea is nothing if not considerate, their state media warned any foreigners on the peninsula today that they might want to go home soon—unless want to take their chances of surviving "a merciless sacred retaliatory" thermonuclear war. Stating plainly in their latest incendiary message, the ironically named Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee said "It does not want to see foreigners in south Korea fall victim to the war," and urged foreign nationals in Seoul and elsewhere to take shelter or evacuate.
Despite the widespread belief that nuclear annihilation is not imminent, Japan and South Korea are taking no chances that something might happen and are preparing to defend themselves. The lastest prevailing theory is that the North most likely plans to fire a mid-range missile system, merely as test of their capabilities and a show of strength. Although they would likely fire it into the ocean, the neighbors are still understandably wary. Japan has installed U.S.-made Patriot missile batteries around Tokyo and plans to shoot down anything that comes close to their islands. The North has fired a missile over Japan in the past, in isolated incidents that sparked waves of anger and international condemnation, but without anyone being harmed.