With weeks of threats the North Koreans seem to be finally hitting the “put or shut up” level as the international community mostly shrugs the rogue state off. North Korea has now told foreigners in South Korea to take safety measures, claiming to not want to be held responsible for any non-South Koreans and Americans it would hurt in any possible attack.

North Korea issued its latest dispatch of ominous rhetoric Tuesday, telling foreigners in South Korea they should take steps to protect themselves in the event of a conflict on the Korean Peninsula…

In the statement published by state-run media Tuesday, the North’s Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee reiterated accusations that Washington and Seoul are seeking to provoke a war with Pyongyang.

“Once a war is ignited on the peninsula, it will be an all-out war,” the committee said, adding that North Korea doesn’t want foreigners in South Korea to “fall victim” to a conflict.

According to the Daily Express, North Korea is preparing for a missile launch tomorrow.

North Korea has completed preparations for a mid-range missile launch tomorrow from its east coast, officials in Seoul have revealed – just hours after foreigners living in South Korea were warned to quit the country…

Speculation had been building that North Korea could carry out a missile test as early as this week after dictator Kim Jong-un warned he could not “guarantee the safety of foreigners” after April 10…

Japan today deployed missile-defense systems at three sites around Tokyo ahead of the possible missile launch, officials confirmed.

We are now at a strange crossroads. Despite the view by many in the international community that North Korea is probably not serious about starting a nuclear war the threat requires automatic responses such as setting up missile defense systems and increasing defense alert statuses – all of which makes war more likely. North Korea shows no signs of backing down and is escalating its threats while not yet crossing the threshold of war. How does this end?