“Sabre Rattling” is popular with dictators. In an attempt to demonstrate authority, courage, and power, Kim Jong Un is only displaying his immaturity. His country has millions of hungry people, and a decaying economy, but those issues are apparently less important than his pride. Possessing nuclear capability is his country’s crowning jewel.
The government of South Korea, along with the United States, take his threats seriously.
“If there is any provocation against South Korea and its people, there should be a strong response in initial combat without any political considerations,” President Park Geun-hye said at a meeting with senior defense and security officials, according to her office.
Although North Korea has recently declared a “state of war” with the South, it wasn’t necessary. The war between the North and South never technically ended. A “truce” has existed for 50 years.
North Korea launched an attack as recently as 2010 when it shelled Yeongpyeong Island, killing four people.
During military exercises with South Korea, the United States demonstrated military superiority by flying B-52, and B-2 stealth bombers over the area. The two aircraft have the capability of dropping conventional bombs, as well as nuclear.
North Korea’s numerous threats are no more than a serious concern at the present. The State Department says there are “no indications at this point that it’s anything more than warmongering rhetoric.”
North Korea’s allies, Russia and China, have expressed concerns. Moscow released a statement pleading restraint.
“Moscow expects all parties to exercise as much responsibility and restraint as possible in light of North Korea’s latest statements,” the Russian foreign ministry said Saturday according to Russian state broadcaster Russia Today.
After expressing concern of Pyongyang’s recent nuclear test, China released their own statement.
“We hope relevant parties can work together to turn around the tense situation in the region,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Friday, describing peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula as “a joint responsibility.”
The “Supreme People’s Assembly” is being attended by North Korea’s “rubber stamp” parliament. April 15th is the anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, Kim Jon Un’s grandfather, and the nation’s founder. The day is marked by a huge parade and show of national force.
Military exercises by the U.S. and South Korea continue. Stealth F-22 fighters have been deployed to the country.
Is the world to witness a second Korean conflict? Most experts doubt it.
“I don’t think any parties want all-out war, but scenarios to arrive at that outcome are some kind of miscalculation or inadvertent escalation,” said Dan Pinkston, who heads the International Crisis Group’s Seoul office. “The problem is that, considering recent developments, the escalation ladder has been getting shorter.”
Columnist-The Guardian Express