South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that Washington D.C. agreed to begin negations with his nation to build stronger ballistic missiles.
The South Korean ballistic missile program is designed to compete with their enemy’s missile program. The communist neighbor has a nuclear program that is growing quickly.
The New York Times reported that Moon is considered a passive president. However, the president requested a meeting with Washington. At the meeting, the two nations will discuss the arms-buildup.
The talks were requested hours after the northern peninsula launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Experts stated that the ICBM has the potential to reach the West Coast of the U.S.
It potentially could reach Chicago and New York. Moon’s office stated that the White House accepted the offer.
Chung Eui-yong, Moon’s top national security adviser. He called his Washington counterpart, General. H. R. McMaster to propose early negotiations to fortify defenses.
A White House official stated that McMaster accepted the offer. The meeting will probably allow an additional payload to the Southern Peninsula’s weaponry collection. South Korea will discuss ballistic missiles with Washington.
The History of the Korean Peninsula Conflict
The Korean War began on June 25, 1950. Seventy-five thousand soldiers, in the communist army crossed the 39th parallel during the dawn of the war. The 39th parallel divides the northern Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Southern Republic. The communist north was aided by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (the U.S.S.R.) and the Democratic South received support from the West.
The invasion was the first military conflict of the Cold War that began in 1947 and ended in 1991.
The American soldiers had entered the war in support of the South by July 1950. History.com reports, it was a war against international communism, to American officials.
Both sides crossed the 39th parallel several times before the fighting stalled. The number of fatalities grew exponentially.
The American militarily began to work quickly to create an armistice with the Communist Party in the region. According to History.com, that the armistice would prohibit a war with The U.S.S.R. and Red China.
The War ended in July 1953. An estimated 5 million soldiers and civilians were casualties of this war, however, the Asian peninsula is still divided.
Approximately 10 percent of the civilians of the Asian peninsula lost their lives during the war. There were more civilian fatalities from 1950-53, than in the Vietnam War and World War II combined.
An estimated number of 40,000 American soldiers died in battle. Also, more than 10,000 American troops were wounded.
The Conflict in The Korean Peninsula Since 1953
- In the 1960s there was great industrial progress.
- February 1974 – Kim II-Sung designates his son Kim Jong-il as his successor, in the Northern Peninsula.
- 1991- The Northern and Southern nations join the United Nations. The Cold War ends, after the breakup of the Soviet Union.
- 1994 – Kim succeeds his father.
- 2002 – U.S. President George W. Bush labels Iraq, Iran, and the Communist State as the Axis of Evil, because they were constructing “weapons of mass destruction.”
- December 2011 – Kim Jung-Un presides over his father’s funeral and becomes the next president.
- 2017- the Communist government test fires a long-range missile into the Sea of Japan. The BBC reported that some experts said, it could possibly reach Alaska.
- South Korea will discuss ballistic missiles with Washington.
By John A. Federico
Edited by Jeanette Smith
The New York Times: After North Korea Test, South Korea Pushes to Build Up Its Own Missilies
History.com: KOREAN WAR
BBC: North Korea profile – Timeline
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