In advance of joint U.S.-South Korea military drills this week, North Korea has released a statement today threatening to 'mercilessly' attack both countries. But now they're just recycling their old threats:

It accused South Korea and the U.S. of plotting to topple the North's communist government. It said if provoked, North Korea would start a "full-scale" war, take "merciless counteraction" and turn Seoul into a "sea of flames."

Really? That old "sea of flames" chestnut, again? It was just a few months ago North Korea threatened to turn Seoul into a "sea of flames" if they didn't turn down the music they were blaring across the border in retaliation for the North sinking their Warship. It's like North Korea is just going through the motions of being unhinged. Time was, the whole world thrilled to hear what crazy shit North Korea had come up with now, but they've turned into the Stones absently playing "Sympathy for the Devil" for the 1,000,000th time.

[AP; Image via AP]