NORTH KOREA DECLARES WAR – The relationship between North and South Korea has been existed on a knife edge ever since a Peace Treaty was signed on July 27, 1953, known as the Korean Armistice Agreement.
Over the years the United States and the UN have subjected North Korea to a growing number of sanctions due to non-compliance of UN Security Council Resolutions. In February 2013 North Korea took another step forward on its quest to build long range nuclear missiles with an underground nuclear test.
The result of this defiance of UN Security Council Resolutions lead to another round of UN sanctions of which resulted in Pyongyang threatening South Korea and the United States with war.
This is of course nothing new. The deluded people of North Korea appear convinced that they hold sufficient military firepower and might to destroy South Korea and the United State due to the years of indoctrination and brainwashing by it successive leaders.
Kim Jong Un recently took power after his father Kim Jong Ill passed away and many intelligence services around the world are questioning who exactly runs the secretive state. It is unlikely, with little education, that Kim Jong Un is in full control and fears are growing that the military arm is manipulating Kim Jong Un into the increased amount of ‘saber rattling’.
On Thursday 28th March 2013 Pyongyang issued a statement through its state run media service that North Korea was now again at a ‘State of War’ with South Korea and has threatened it would shut down the joint industrial zone on the border between the two countries, if Seoul continued to ‘insult its integrity’.
The United Kingdom of Great Britain, the United States of America, China and Russia are currently pleading with North Korean leaders to step back from what is nothing less than suicidal if North Korea were to launch an attack against South Korea.
Many intelligence services believe this is just more saber rattling and North Korean rhetoric in order to force the UN Security Council to lift the sanctions imposed upon the country, however it is not implausible that North Korea would strike out if it feels that no further avenues are left open to it.
As sanctions bite deeper into the economy and increases hardship across the nation; where many suspect the population are starving, the leader’s ability to place the blame on the United States would certainly give the leaders the support of the people. On the other side of the coin lays the issue that if the North Korean Government do not appear to be strong and take a hard-line approach to the ‘decadent west’ this may be seen as a sign of weakness and result in a people’s uprising to remove the leaders.
There is no doubt that the reins of power that Kim Jong Un hold are slippery and that any moves now should be made cautiously if he wants to avoid all out war or a revolution within.
“From this time on, the North-South relations will be entering the state of war and all issues raised between the North and the South will be handled accordingly.” North’s official KCNA news agency
The US announced that it would be stepping up missile defenses on the West Coast peninsula in a display of unity and force that North Korea would face if it did launch any type of military attack on South Korea.
Both North Korea and South Korea have technically been in a ‘state of war’ for over 60 years as a formal peace treaty ending the was never signed; instead an Armistice ended the 1950-1953 conflict; an Armistice that North Korea now declares as officially scrapped.
South Korean officials are declined to take this recent bout of tough talk seriously and have noted that no unusual military maneuvers from the North have been detected.
Officials continue to debate as to whether North Korea could in fact launch any real threat; considering that a recent state press release of military exercises involved photographs that had obviously been altered in order to deceive views that North Korea’s military hardware was larger than it really was.
There is no doubt that North Korea is getting desperate and that it’s increased threats of war will either result in action or force North Korea to the negotiating table where a peace solution can be hammered out that would benefit North Korea, South Korea and its allies.