Deadline for Possible War in Korean Peninsula Approaches

download (15) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has given South Korea a Saturday evening deadline to end propaganda transmissions across the border or face military consequences, a dramatic escalation of the simmering tensions between the two countries that has even U.S. officials expressing concern.

The 5 p.m. local deadline, or 4:30 a.m. EDT, comes after artillery fire across the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two countries and a belligerent directive from Kim that his troops “enter a wartime state to be fully battle ready to launch surprise operations.