North Korea conflict: A timeline in memes


This screengrab taken from North Korean TV shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's overseeing a live fire military drill on March 20, 2013.


Screengrab from North Korean TV

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On March 11, pumped to kick off their annual joint military drills, the United States and South Korea were all like "Let's do this thing."

The US-South Korea bromance did not please North Korea. 

Just over a week later, on March 20, South Korea was hit with coordinated cyberattacks which knocked out computers and servers at three major television networks and at three banks. In response, the South Koreans were all like, "Not cool, bro!"

And while the source of the attacks remains under investigation, North Korean involvement has been suspected. In response, North Korea was all like, "Don't hate the playa hate the game."

Meanwhile, the UN passed a resolution which green-lit a formal investigation into North Korea's suspected human rights violations — and on March 22, North Korea was all like, "Ain't nobody got time for that!"

What the North Koreans did have time for, however, was cutting off the military hotline to its Kaesong industrial complex, which is jointly run with the South and is the last major example of inter-Korean cooperation. 

Then in a show of force on March 28, the United States announced that two of its nuclear-capable B-2 bombers had joined the military drills with South Korea — which, of course, prompted North to be all like:

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On March 29, Kim Jong Un convened an "urgent meeting" of his senior generals. State media quotes him as saying, " The time has come to settle accounts with the US imperialists." Yikes.

On March 30, Kim Jong Un followed up his first round of tough talk and was all like, "Hostilities will not be limited to a local war, but develop into an all-out war, a nuclear war."


Adhering to the bro code, on April 1, the US gave their South Korean pals some backup, sending in F-22 stealth fighter jets to participate in the US-South Korea war games — a tactic which roughly translates to the US being all like, "Get out of my house!"

This, of course, did not make the the North Koreans happy.

Other countries around the world started to feel the heat.

France was all like:


Switzerland was all like, "This ain't my jam."

China, stepping in as the reluctant disciplinarian, was all like:

And South Korea, puffed up by the fact that the US had their backs, was all like:

Meanwhile, the rest of the world was, for lack of a better word, unimpressed by the whole chain of events.

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