North Korea has repeatedly threatened to attack South Korea, Japan, and U.S. bases on Okinawa and Guam. North Korea issued a fresh round of threats Friday directed at Japan, for the third time this week.
On a commentary read on state TV, Pyongyang criticized Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to order the interception of North Korea missiles, saying his actions would result in a nuclear attack against the country, according to the Yonhap News Agency. They threatened to make Japan the first target in the event of a war.
Surveillance has shown that Pyongyang is ready to launch its untested mid-range Musudan missile, but Kim has not acted on near daily threats for all out war, so far.
In a brief escape from the escalating situation on the Korean peninsula, 50,000 fans celebrated in Seoul today with "Gangnam Style" musician PSY, who debuted a follow-up single to the international dance hit.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.