The long cold war between North and South Korea got a little hotter Monday.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye spoke before her nation's parliament about more effective measures to make the hard-line communist regime in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or DPRK, abandon its rekindled nuclear ambitions.
President Park dropped a rhetorical bomb of her own, predicting that the pursuit of an offensive nuclear arsenal by the DPRK would only hasten "regime collapse."
"It is unusual," the AP reported, "for a South Korean official to touch upon such a government collapse in North Korea."
The DPRK touched off the latest round of recriminations on January 5 when reports came in of a detonation detected in the Hemit Kingdom. The exact nature of the explosive has been disputed but the DPRK, led by strongman, Kim Jong Un, insists that it was a hydrogen bomb.
Further, DPRK leader Kim praised his scientists for striking a "telling blow" to the regime's enemies Monday in state media and said that there would be more nuclear test launches coming.
According to the Korea Times, the same official mouthpieces for the government noted it was the 74th anniversary of what would have been father Kim Jong-il's birthday and called for "generations-long loyalty for his son."
In response, South Korea is pursuing a range of options, including cancelling joint programs with the North and trying to push the rest of the world for more sanctions against its already isolated, volatile neighbor.