So we watch our silly movie and eat dinner and then turn the iPhones back on and see the following progression, all within the past hour, from Breaking News:

BULLETIN — NORTH KOREA CALLS SOUTH KOREAN DECISION TO JOIN ANTI-PROLIFERATION PROGRAM A DECLARATION OF WAR.

BULLETIN — NORTH KOREA SAYS IT WILL “USE ITS MILITARY” TO RESPOND TO SOUTH KOREAN DECISION.

BULLETIN — NORTH KOREA ABANDONS KOREAN WAR ARMISTICE.

URGENT — North Korea calls the South’s decision to join a US-led anti-proliferation program a “declaration of war”, the AP reports.

North Korea has abandoned the Korean War armistice, a cease-fire which was established on July 27, 1953 – Yonhap.

“Any hostile act against our vessels, including search and seizure, [..] we will immediate respond with a powerful military strike” – NK.

BULLETIN — THE PENINSULA WILL SOON BE RETURNED TO “THE STATE OF WAR”, NORTH KOREA SAYS.

Hey so, I’ve been watching a DVD the past hour and 30 minutes. Is there a Korean War on?

Remember this?

The second thing that often gets forgotten is how much, for South Korea, it matters to matter. This is a place with an admirably expansive view of its global importance. It matters deeply that the rest of the world share that opinion.

I guess they can be happy about that. Except the world outside Breaking News’ Twitter feed seems way more interested in the new Supreme Court nominee and “voting against” Prop 8. Not sure if I should be reassured or not about that. I think I’m actually going to remain mostly freaked out, especially since…

Telegraph Blogs – Con Coughlin: Diplomats have lost the plot over North Korea

Despite the fact the latest nuclear device tested by the highly secretive regime in Pyongyang is said to be equivalent in size to the atom bomb the Americans dropped on Nagasaki at the end of the Second World War, the general message emanating from international diplomats is that there is no need to worry because North Korea has no intention of using the device, and that the North Koreans are too isolated to constitute a threat to the outside world.

What nonsense. Irrespective of what the North Koreans intend to do with their nuclear arsenal once they have mastered the technology, the very fact that an unstable regime like Pyongyang has access to weapons of mass destruction constitutes a major threat to world peace.

And they really really want to be the center of attention.