The Korean crisis grows more serious it seems by the hour. The chances of actual military conflict, despite efforts by the United States to defuse the situation by announcing that joint exercises with South Korea are winding down, and showing a reduction in troop numbers in the region have done nothing to reduce the rhetorical ranting and threats from North Korea who has stated that they reserve the right to launch missiles and attack The United States mainland as well as selected targets allied with the U.S.
North Korea during the course of the past several weeks has negated a treaty of cease-fire with South Korea, reinstating a state of hostilities after some 40 years of a tense peace. They have escalated their efforts to develop nuclear capability, stated their intention to one day attack The United states with a nuclear warhead, threatened to attack Guam, Hawaii, as well as Japan, and South Korea. They have closed the border with South Korea at the joint Industrial Park just over the N. Korean border, and today notified diplomatic personal that they should be out of North Korea by the 15th, in as much that after next Wednesday they can not assure their safety.
North Korea it seems is bent on taking some sort of military action, most likely directed at South Korea.
Some observers are thinking that the new leader of North Korea has more or less backed himself into a corner with all the rhetoric, and threats of war. Now he has to save face, so he has no choice but to launch some kind of military confrontation.
Many though are wondering what makes this young leader tick. He has taken normal rhetorical response like that of his late father and grandfather to a whole new level. It seems he is trying to make a name for himself, and force himself into the so called nuclear club. He wants to be a force to be reckoned with.
North Korea’s closest alley, China, has even tried to get North Korea to reduce the rhetoric, to no avail. They are actually re-assesing their relationship with North Korea. They have clarified that continued negotiation should go forward and every effort should be made to halt military action in the region. The United States for their part has no interest in a military confrontation with North Korea. They have made it clear that they are prepared to defend themselves, and have taken defensive action to assure the safety of Guam, Hawaii, Japan, as well as South Korea. However, there are no indications that the United States is planning an attack on North Korea.
The one thing we do not want to do though is apoligise to N. Korea. We have done nothing wrong, and do not need to give ammunition to North Korea which would seem to say we are giving in to them.
I would hope that the United States has made it very clear though that any military hostilities directed at the United States, Guam, Hawaii or South Korea will be seen as an attack upon the United states, and the consequences will without doubt be severe.
However, my fondest hope is that we can find some way to calm this situation, and sit down at a table and discuss our differences. But, as things stand now, I do not think this is going to happen.
I look for some kind of military action from North Korea. I think it will be directed at South Korea. Hopefully, the response will not be a full-scale attack but instead mere defensive action. Hopefully this will result in the North having a way out, and they then can fall back feeling as if they stood up for themselves.
In the end however, we need to grasp a better understanding of this new North Korean leader. Our actions next time we have joint military exercises might be reduced and not with so much fan fare to show our capability to defend South Korea. Our presence there though is necessary. If The United States were to pull out of South Korea, the North would attack in a heart beat.
Most important, every effort should be taken to assure that North Korea does not gain nuclear capability. With the Nuke they are a dangerous loose cannon. Imagine what they would be if they had full nuclear capability.
Pray for peace folks. At the same time pray for America. and have a good night.