Just what has aroused North Korea leader, Kim Jong Un, into using dangerous bellicose rhetoric towards his South Korean neighbors. The communist ruler has declared that any issues between the two countries will be resolved in a “wartime manner.” U.S. officials read the situation as a “State of War,” because that’s exactly what a statement by issued by North Korea’s top military command states.
“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.”
“The situation in the Korean Peninsula, which is neither peace nor war, has come to an end,” the statement says.
However, technically, the two Koreas are still in state of war since a peace treaty after the 1950-53 conflict had never been signed.
Washington “should be clear that in era of Marshal Kim Jong-un, the greatest-ever commander, all things are different from the past,” went a statement on North Korean radio early Saturday.
It was the latest in a string of dire-sounding pronouncements from Pyongyang that have been matched by tough warnings from Seoul and Washington, fueling international concern that the situation might spiral out of control.
“As of now, inter-Korea relations enter a state of war and all matters between the two Koreas will be handled according to wartime protocol,” the North said in a government statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency on Saturday.
“The long-standing situation of the Korean peninsula being neither at peace nor at war is finally over,” the statement said, adding that any provocation would trigger a “full-scale conflict and a nuclear war”.
The White House said it took the new warning seriously, but said Pyongyang’s threats were following a familiar pattern.
“We’ve seen reports of a new and unconstructive statement from North Korea. We take these threats seriously and remain in close contact with our South Korean allies,” said Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the National Security Council.
While seeking to show appropriate concern at Pyongyang’s latest statement, Washington also sought to place the new threat into the context of a string of rhetoric from Kim Jong-Un’s regime.
“We would also note that North Korea has a long history of bellicose rhetoric and threats and today’s announcement follows that familiar pattern,” Hayden said, noting that the United States was fully capable of protecting itself and its Asian allies.
The government in Seoul also played down the latest statement.
“This is not really a new threat – just part of a series of provocative threats,” the Unification Ministry said.
The defense ministry added that no particular troop movement had been observed along the border.
Voiding the 1953 ceasefire theoretically opened the way to a resumption of hostilities, although the armistice was approved by the UN General Assembly, and both the UN and South Korea have repudiated the North’s unilateral withdrawal.
Most observers still believe this will remain a rhetorical rather than a physical battle, but the situation has now become so volatile that any slight miscalculation carries the potential for rapid escalation.
“The North Koreans in recent weeks have turned rhetoric into performance art,” said Gordon Flake, a Korea specialist and executive director of the Mansfield Foundation in Washington.
“When they have already declared the armistice null and void, I do not think a declaration of war breaks new ground,” Flake said.
Both China and Russia asked for all sides to co-operate to prevent the situation worsening on Friday, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov voicing particular concern.
“We can simply see the situation getting out of control, it would spiral down into a vicious circle,” Lavrov told reporters at a news conference.
Something or someone appears to be urging Kim Jong Un down the road of no return. A nuclear attack would undoubtedly drive world economies to the brink of disaster. Surely none of the other soveriegn nations welcomes such and outcome. But you still never know what’s in the mind of Kim Jong Un. Judging from his latest rhetoric; it’s not good as Kim Jong Un warns that a conflict could turn into nuclear war.
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