The Korean peninsular is on war footing after an attack on a South Korean navy ship blamed on its rogue northern neighbour. But despite international condemnation most commentators believe the South, at least, will pull back from the brink.

North Korea vows to sever all ties with its southern neighbour following suggestions the communist nation was behind the sinking of a South Korean warship two months ago. The torpedoing of the Cheonan killed 46 crew.