Kim Jong-Un the New Leader of North Korea is in a corner and feels he can not back down. So, he continues to escalate the rhetoric causing more and more concern around the world.
Now, Japan is expressing concern over the safety of their citizen’s if North Korea decides to use them as a target of retaliation over its disagreements with The United States. South Korea, of course has all the reason in the world to be concerned, since North Korea has already torn up a treaty of cease-fire in place now since the end of the Korean conflict back in the 50’s. They have all but made it clear that they will attack South Korea first.
North Korea is a dangerous situation. Kim Jong-Un is young, un-experienced and now it seems that he is in well over his head. He has backed himself in to a corner, and many think that he figures that in order to save face he will have no choice but to attack someone.
North Korea’s most recent action was to close the South Korean border at Kaesong’s joint industrial complex. They have also pulled their own personal out of the complex and sent most, if not all of the South Korean workers back home. The North Korean Military is guarding the border as we speak.
According to News sources Kim Yang Gon, a senior North Korean official blamed “military warmonger’ for the decision to temporarily suspend operations in the zone and examine the issue whether to allow its existence or close it down altogether.
North Korea’s enemies had transformed the complex into a hotbed of confrontation, claimed Mr. Kim, who is secretary of the Central Committee of the Worker’s Party of Korea.
Most of this action seems to be in response to South Korea saying that there were signs that North Korea seems to be in the process of preparing to launch a fourth nuclear test. South Korea’s unification minister Ryoo Kihl-jaeappeared to confirm that Pyongyang was preparing for a new test. But then, on Monday afternoon South Korea’s Defense Ministry denied that was the case with a spokesperson saying that no unusual movements had been detected.
With tensions reaching new heights on the Korean peninsula Russian president Vladimir Putin warned any outbreak of hostilities could make the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe look like “a child’s fairy tale’. “Is there such a threat or not? I think there is,’ Mr Putin said. According to news sources.
The rhetoric coming out of North Korea has steadily escalating since it conducted its third nuclear test in February, triggering international condemnation and increased sanctions from the United Nations, according to Telegraph News Canada.
North Korea’s leaders have stepped up their verbal offensive against the United States and South Korea with a daily barrage of threats, including what they say is their right to launch an unannounced attack on the United States mainland.
However, the reports of a possible fourth test, followed a warning from China’s president Xi Jinping on Sunday.
“No one should be allowed to throw a region and even the whole world into chaos for selfish gains,” Mr. Xi said: “Stability in Asia now faces new challenges, as hotspot issues keep emerging.” he said.
Xi went on to say that “Governments should attempt to foster a sense of community rather than transform the world into an arena where gladiators fight each other.
According to the New York Times the United States and South Korea had drawn up a “Counter-provocation” plan under which any ground or air assault from North Korea would be met with a response of similar intensity.
It seems that China has realized that all this rhetoric could very easily get out of hand and break out into something that even the United States does not want to happen. The U.S. has made it clear that they have no intention in an offensive military strike on North Korea. However, at the same time the they have made it just as clear that a nuclear North Korea is unacceptable.
It is also known that China, North Korea’s closest friend in the Asian theater, and the one nation that provides most of the Hermit States Foreign aid, is re-assesing their relationship with North Korea. With an unexperienced 29 year old President at the helm, and his recent dangerous behavior,it seems is causing a new rift between the two nation’s. While retaliatory strikes are not expected from China, it is possible, if not probable, that China will make it clear to North Korea that Foreign assistance from them is contingent upon certain behavior.
The United States has been in close talks with China, appealing to them to help ratchet down the rhetoric, and help returning some stabilization in the area. It is hoped that China can talk to Kim Jong-un and get him to ratchet down the threats and counter threats. For their part, the United States has decided to not launch any missiles during the South Korean-U.S. war games, in an effort to assure North Korea we are not preparing for a pre-emptive strike.
There is no doubt, right now this is the HOT spot on the globe. It is here that if something were to go wrong. One minor miscalculation, a mere mistake, could lead to full-scale military conflict. It is a dangerous situation. It is time for the leaders of the world to step up to the plate and become united in a single effort to stop Kim Jong-un from doing something that he will regret for the rest of his life.
It is just as important to let him know that he enjoys’ a great opportunity to become a part of the world community. His expression of co-operation, and interest of joining the rest of the world can do more for his people than he could possibly imagine. I do not think anyone has ill will toward him. However, if he decides instead to persist in this old world behavior, threatening other nations, promising nuclear destruction to countries not even involved in this confrontation, he will only end up wondering what it was he did wrong. By then, it will be too late.
That’s my point of view. As usual, I look forward to your insights on this and any issues of the day.
Have a great evening, and as usual…………God Bless America.