North Korea cut off a phone hot line to the South and "declared invalid" the Korean War armistice as the South Korean and U. militaries began Monday a second phase of their annual joint winter exercises.
Soldiers stand in front of the podium with portraits of North Korea founder Kim Il-sung (L) and the late leader Kim Jong-il after a military parade to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Kim Il-sung in Pyongyang April REUTERS/Bobby Yip
The Long History of (Wrongly) Predicting North Korea's Collapse
Since the early Pyongyang-watchers have insisted the country's demise was just around the corner. That they've been so consistently wrong might say as much about the outside world as it does about North Korea.
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