(Christian Science Monitor) Veteran North Korea watchers, citing what they see as increasingly troubling signs coming from the dictatorial regime, are voicing concerns that its new young leader, Kim Jong-un, could do something ill-advised, even start a war.
On Friday North Korea renewed what the U.S. has condemned as its "bellicose rhetoric," saying Kim had ordered the nation's missile forces to prepare to strike the United States and South Korea.
In response to the prospect of North Korea following through on this and other marginally less dire threats, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday that the US military "will unequivocally defend, and [is] unequivocally committed to the alliance with, South Korea."
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But if hostilities were in fact to erupt, how might they play out?