Despite the rising tensions on the Korean peninsula, Kim Jong Un can still muster a smile on his face. | Corbis Images

North Korea's History of Saber-Rattling

For such a small country, North Korea sure can talk big. But that doesn't mean every threat is empty.

March 14, 2013
10:00 AM EDT
North Korea hosts a parade following a successful missile test. | Corbis Images
North Korean state television broadcasts the launch of Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite. | Corbis Images
Kim Jong Un appears before North Korean military leaders in April 2012. | Getty Images
The aftermath of the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island in South Korea. | Corbis Images
A memorial for the anniversary of the shelling on Yeonpyeong Island. | Corbis Images
Kim Jong Un appears alongside members of the North Korean military during an official visit. | Corbis Images
South Korean sailors at a funeral for those who died aboard following the ROKS Cheonan sinking. | Getty Images
North Koreans bow in front of statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. | Getty Images